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Antique Boxes in English Society
Tea Caddies and Tea
|A late 18th century rolled
paper tea caddy.
Wooden frames in mahogany or oak were supplied undecorated during the last part of the 18th and the first part of the 19th century. These provided the ladies of the time with a genteel pastime; they decorated them with rolled up pieces of paper in different patterns. After being rolled up, the papers were cut in short lengths and stuck on the wooden frame.
Colours and edge gilding made the patterns stand out in a filigree effect. The centres were sometimes decorated with panels of watercolour or print.
Sometimes the whole caddy was covered in glass, which acted as a protection.
See also: A late 18th century rolled paper tea caddy with colored prints of classical inspiration
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