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Rare Elliptical 18th Century Caddy with Fine Decoration in the Neoclassical Tradition. Circa 1790.

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Reference: TC 105

Description:
A Rare
Elliptical 18th Century Caddy with Fine Decoration in the Neoclassical Tradition. Circa 1790.
A harewood veneered caddy with inset medallions of marquetry in beechwood. The elegant shape of the caddy is enhanced at the front with two elongated insets depicting two urns of classical design, with stylized plants. The background is of pale green and the design is in natural beech cut skillfully with detailed definition on the scalloped leaves and flowers. The composition is further enhanced with hot sand shading which gives a gradual and subtle color variation.

Origin: United Kingdom

Circa: 1790

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Condition: Traces of old lining, Original hinge. Lock bereft of interior works. Internal division and lids gone.

 

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On the top there is an inlaid shell, again of cut and shaded beech. The design of the shell is quite life-like, with the curling end and the expertly done shading suggesting the hollowness inside.

Although the elements on this caddy are not unusual within the genre of the period, they have an edge of elegance and skill, which give the caddy a superior overall look.

 

 

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Detail of the exquisite marquetry. The shading is done by scorching the wood.

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ATraces of old lining, Original hinge. Lock bereft of interior works. Internal division and lids gone.

 

On the top there is an inlaid shell, again of cut and shaded beech. The design of the shell is quite life-like, with the curling end and the expertly done shading suggesting the hollowness inside.
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On the top there is an inlaid shell, again of cut and shaded beech. The design of the shell is quite life-like, with the curling end and the expertly done shading suggesting the hollowness inside.

 

 for comparison see:
www.hygra.com/tc/tcbp26d.htm
www.hygra.com/tc/tcbx22d.htm

Hygra: An octagonal partridge wood veneered caddy Circa 1790.

Hygra: Oval Tea Caddy circa 1795

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and page 106 Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, and Society, 1700--1880 
Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly,
ISBN: 0764316885

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