This is an exceptional example of a very important group of tea
caddies produced in the first three decades of the 19th century. are
of course the Tunbridge
The shape is similar to other caddies of the period with the
exception that the nature of the decoration precludes extreme bombe or
In the first thirty years of the 19th century, Tunbridgeware
caddies were usually made in rosewood veneer with Van Dyke (elongated
triangles) and cube pattern parquetry decoration.
The earliest ones, like this, do not include mosaic
mosaic first the 1830s mostly as borders.
In the 1830s and 40s the
early patterns were combined with Berlin woolwork designs in mosaic
marquetry. Turned feet were usual, but not handles, which would
interfere with the decoration which, continued on all sides.