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Chinese Export Lacquer
Tea Caddy Circa 1850
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Tea caddy in Chinese lacquer in very good original condition circa 1850.
Tea caddy in Chinese lacquer in very good original condition.  The black lacquer is boldly decorated with  gold in two colours, depicting buildings  in  a landscape with stylised foliage.   The  shape is very striking.  It stands on four carved wooden  feet in the shape of dragon feet.  The interior  contains  two pewter tea canisters  with  round  raised lids. The tops are decorated with engraved stylised flowers.     Chinese made for export to England circa 1850 . 
Dimensions: w 19cm. h 13.5cm. d 13.5 cm.  

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  1999 Antigone Clarke and Joseph O'Kelly