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Hygra: Antique sewing box by Mechi 

Hygra: Antique Rosewood Dressing/jewelry box by Joseph Mechi London circa 1875

Hygra: A Very Fine Writing Box Veneered with Rosewood and Inlaid with metal and mother of pearl by J. J. Mechi historic maker of London Circa 1850.

 

Chinese Export Lacquer Tea Caddy of rare form with Gold Decoration Circa 1835

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Reference: TC515

Description:
TC515:
A Chinese export lacquer tea chest in the abstracted elegant form of a lantern. The main scenes are framed by elaborate floral designs, which are very well spaced, allowing for the different central compositions to be distinguished. The scenes are of figures in gardens. Circa 1835.

Size: It measures  5.8 inches wide and it is 7.5 inches  high including feet: 14.5 cm wide by by 19 cm high.

Condition: Good overall:  there has been some cracking of the structure which has been consolidated. Some rubbing to the decoration of the top. See images. Working lock and key.

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The early 19th century was the golden period for the Chinese lacquer box. The merchants associated with the East India Company were making vast amounts of money selling opium to the Chinese, albeit at times by circuitous ways. More money was available for buying Chinese treasures to satisfy the demand for the increasingly prosperous people at home.

In addition to individually commissioned boxes, a number of additional boxes were bought with a view to selling them in England . They were also sold to other European countries from the London bonded warehouses of the Company. The Cathay style had already captured the imagination of the European beau monde. A whimsical oriental style had already been set in motion by such arbiters of fashion as the Prince Regent himself. This led to significant stylistic and thematic developments in the decoration of lacquer boxes during the first decades of the 19th century.

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Enlarge Picture see: Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, and Society, 1700--1880 
Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly,
ISBN: 0764316885

There is a caddy of similar shape illustrated.

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