The earliest ones, like the one illustrated here, do not include mosaic inlays, although these do appear in the 1830s mostly as borders. The caddy, which demonstrates an accurate understanding of the ancient myth, dates characteristically from the time of the English bon viveur, the Regency. Holland and Portugal were fifty years ahead of England in importing tea. A polychromed tea chest painted in a fluid hand with an exotic scene. However the ups and downs of tea are much more complex and can only be glimpsed at by understanding the underpinning policy of trade colonization which links it with opium. Caddies were priced according to the wood, shape and decoration. Some very fine caddies were made at the end of the 18th century.
The inner compartment lids are in plainer mahogany, bowl c 1825. New articles will be added, as they are prepared. The India trade was encouraged and developed and tea became much more accessible. They had two lids inside. Tea chests came to be called caddies from the Malay word kati, a measure of weight for tea--approximately 1. Running one's hand across the wood one notices minute unevenness on the edges of inlays and edgings. The design is sharply defined and subtly shaded on a background of green.
Tea was and remained extremely expensive for over a hundred years and therefore sparingly used. If you would like further information on what currently is available please us telling us your wants in as much detail as possible. Rolled paper Wooden frames in mahogany or oak were supplied undecorated during the last part of the 18th and the first part of the 19th century. They are discreetly decorated in the neo classical style with paint and gilding. In the hope that her many years of experience will offer some guidance both to collectors and to people who wish to use beautiful things as a way of enhancing their environment, Antigone has now published a selection of her and the This site is still under construction and probably always will be and new illustrations and information will be added continually as time permits. For further information, reviews, and links to order the book please click on the cover picture or You may be able order the book from Amazon by clicking one of the links below: Using these links helps to support this website and is much appreciated. The health benefits of tea were known in the East for thousands of years.
Single round examples as well as more unusual shapes like melons, gourds and butterflies also exist. It was prepared in advance in large containers for the excise man to levy his duty before it was sold. There are variations of the shape but basically it is a rounded version of a foreshortened rectangular form with gently stepped lid. This influenced the production of furniture and home accessories in the 1830s and 40s. They had brass strap decoration gilded in the best examples with either engraved or cut out Gothic inspired motifs. The centres were sometimes decorated with panels of watercolour or print.
Restoration must be done with the utmost care. I will assume you can receive pictures by email, unless you tell me differently. Chest type boxes were also used for housing silver caddies. This combination produced some fine and striking boxes. There is an at the beginning of this article.
Tea caddy courtesy of Sallea Antiques Photo: Doug Todd This rare late-18th-century fruitwood tea caddy has a ripe patina. The boxes when originally made were much more expensive than now: Mechi was a well established London Maker. Caddies from India and China Anglo-Indian ivory and Chinese export lacquer caddies were brought from the end of the 18th century. The whole of the early nineteenth century period has a distinctive stylistic flavour often indulged in, encouraged and promoted by the prince later to become the king. The tea caddy is 4. What is interesting at this time is the dichotomy of quality between the caddies made for the average citizens and the caddies made for those who aspired to a superior style and could pay for it.
The controlled use of precious materials in simple shapes enhanced its natural beauty. Judging from the Christian theme of the front this caddy was probably made by nuns. A carved three compartment tea caddy of the end of the 18th Century. Detailed information including pictures are provided for each item and for a number of the items there is a linked YouTube video with Gary describing the particular item. A strikingly formed tea chest veneered in amboyna, the intricate figure contrasted with black edgings and feet. They are square, polygonal, oval, or elliptical. In fact, some of the greatest English cabinetmakers tried their hand at box design, always remembering to lock behind them.
It also made sense to introduce boxes, which could be completed in the same workshop. It allowed for more individual expression and as such in addition to the neo-classical designs we also find more naturalistic and idiosyncratic compositions. A very fine Burr Chestnut three compartment Regency tea caddy. The double and triple caddies each have lift out containers. The Kenos prefer chic shagreen sharkskin or rolled-paper boxes such as the one shown here, but as lone stunners rather than part of a knickknack display. Lid does not completely close hence low starting price, but would be lovely as a box for collectibles for jewellery etc.