Description: An unusual card case decorated with chinoiserie
transfers in sharp bright colors. The figures are depicted in
oriental costumes with an attempt at authenticity. This reflects the
last, most informed stage of chinoiserie, when accurate
representations of China had circulated in Europe. The lady sitting
at the table is served tea, the beverage which associated solely
with China, until the middle of the nineteenth century. (see Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, and Society, 1700--1880
Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly, ISBN: 0764316885
chapters 3 and 17).
Origin: England or
wood cut on the quarter.
Size: 4"x2.55". 10x6.5cm.
marks and scratches on original vernish.