A Very Fine Mahogany Three Compartment Regency Tea
Caddy circa 1815.
This is a very fine mahogany three compartment Regency
tea caddy. It was made in England around 1815.
The caddy is veneered in thick saw cut veneers of figured mahogany.
It is inlaid and edged with fine box wood lines. It is cross
banded with quartered coromandel ebony.
It measures 11.5 inches wide, 5.5 inches deep and 7.75 inches high.
The caddy is in very good original condition and has a working lock
The inlay motif is derived from the classical Greek key pattern.
Prominent designers and cabinet makers of the period showed strong
classical influences and references in their work during the
late 18th and early 19th centuries.
The escutcheon is gilded pressed brass in stylised floral motif typical
of the period.
Inside the caddy is a splendid surprise continuing the same inlay
motifs as the outside but in reverse colours. The inlay line is in dark
rosewood on quartered sycamore. This gives the extraordinary figure of
iridescent light/dark which changes light value according to the line of
Violin makers who use this wood for the back and sides of violins refer
to this grain pattern as curl. It is also referred to as fiddle back
The interior of the caddy is lined in mahogany. The canisters
are also made of mahogany and retain some of the original lead lining.
This is the correct state for a caddy of this type. There has been no attempt
to reline the caddy with "full" later lead.
The side view illustrates the superb classical proportions of
The handles are original and made in pressed brass in the form of a
stylised flower characteristic of the period.
The pyramid shaped top of the caddy shows the elegant composition
and skillful juxtaposition of the contrasting woods.
Detail showing the wonderful construction. Note the striped figure
of the zebrano crossbanding.
Detail showing what can only be described as a delicious interior.
The bowl which dates from the same period as the caddy is of heavy
crystal and hand cut. Like the caddy is very unusual and of extremely high