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Antique Boxes in English Society
1760 -1900

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Tea chest in highly figured rosewood of architectural form by R Dalton of the Bazaar, Soho Square. The chest  is finely inlaid with mother of pearl which depicts stylized flora ; the chest  is standing on turned rosewood feet having turned drop handles. Inside the tea chest there are two liftout hinged canisters (retaining most of their original leading) and a particularly fine cut lead crystal bowl. Circa 1835  Enlarge Picture TC581: A curvaceous Chinese export lacquer tea chest with undulating sides decorated with two colours of gold depicting scenes of of Oriental life opening to a single compartment containing two lidded pewter tea canisters with supplementary inner lids, the whole chest standing on feet in the form of dragon heads. Circa 1840. Enlarge Picture TC580: Large Chinese Export lacquer tea chest of elaborate shape decorated all over with gold of two colours depicting scenes of Oriental life depicting people in houses and gardens, opening to a single compartment containing two lidded pewter tea canisters with supplementary inner lids, the whole chest standing on feet in the form of dragon heads.  Circa 1840. Enlarge Picture TC572:  A mahogany veneered tea chest of bombe shape with rope twist banding, containing three lidded metal canisters.  Note the exceptionally good patina.  A tea chest of similar form was auctioned in 1984 bearing the label Braithwaite. This name is consistent with recorded makers in London and York at the correct date. Note the surviving traces of leading on the sides of the wooden lid.  Circa 1760-70. Enlarge Picture
Enlarge Picture Enlarge Picture TC566: Monumental three canister tea chest in figured rosewood on a mahogany carcass with mother of pearl inlay standing on turned rosewood feet having turned rosewood drop ring handles. The shape of this chest combines elements and influences characteristic of the  nineteenth century. It is structured in an   ancient Egyptian architectural form combining tapered  and pyramid lines which make this caddy a strong statement of the robust and elegant style of the Regency. The composition of the top is strong. The inlaid mother of pearl inlay  panels are set off by a further stringing of white-metal. (pewter).  circa 1830.  Enlarge Picture  TC565: Japanese Export lacquer tea chest with raised gilded lacquer depicting birds and insects in  watery backgrounds.Inside there are two foil lined canisters their hinged lids decorated with exquisite depictions of insets, again in raisedlacquer. The inside of the chest is in red lacquer sprinkled with gold powder,  <i>nashiji. </i>Circa 1880 Enlarge Picture
TC562:  18th century satinwood two compartment tea caddy inlaid with fine decoration in the neoclassical tradition. Circa 1790 Enlarge Picture TC561: Rare 18th Century Chinese Export lacquer tea caddy of over form  with gilded decoration. Inside there is a lidded  pewter  tea canister. Circa 1780.    Enlarge Picture TC560:  Rare oval Japanned  toleware tea caddy decorated
            with raised chinoiserie scenes depicting pavilions in gardens in two
            colours of gold. Circa 1790. Enlarge Picture Enlarge Picture
TC541: Inlaid mahogany two compartment  tea caddy circa 1790. The top and front have  central  oval marquetry medallions depicting  conch shells. Inside there are two compartments with supplementary lids with turned bone pulls. in the 18th century manner the lids do not have supports but would be expected to sit on the tea. The orchestration of the inlays is complex. The top has the central cartouche inlaid in a panel of well figured flame mahogany. This is framed by inlaid stringings in light and dark woods and a cross banding of mahogany.  the caddy is edged in boxwood having facings to the bottom and the lid. The caddy stands on cast gilded brass feet. Enlarge Picture TC538: 18th century tea caddy veneered in figured walnut and having a brass carrying handle and escutcheon. Inside he caddy has one compartment which is lined with lead foil. However there is evidence that the caddy had three compartments previously. Circa 1770. Enlarge Picture TC537: 18th century tea caddy with domed top  the oak carcass veneered with a parquetry of rosewood and satinwood  in alternating stripes. framed by a crossbanding in kingwood.  The escutcheon is gilded bronze.  The inside is lined with lead foil. There is a single lid which would sit on the tea in the 18th century manner. Circa 1770. Enlarge Picture TC551:  A  fine one compartment inlaid George III Tea Caddy circa 1790  of octagonal form veneered in various woods including stained maple (harewood).  The hinged top and large sides  inlaid with marquetry medallions.  The front cartouche depicts a rose in bud. the top a patera  executed using the hot sand method.   The canted corners have blind flute inlay. Enlarge Picture
Enlarge Picture TC534:  Two compartment tea caddy,  the top and front decorated with marquetry in contrasting rosewood and birds eye maple  depicting stylized themes from nature.  Inside the caddy has two lidded compartments. Circa 1830 Enlarge Picture TC533: A two compartment penwork tea caddy with quirky exotic scenes depicting imagined eastern figures in the land of Cathay. The cavetto  molding is decorated with repeating palmette in a fluid hand more suited to the overall design  of the caddy than the more rigid neo classical . Inside there are two lidded compartments still  retaining remnants of their original leading. The caddy retains its original hardware such as hinges lock and embossed brass ring handles in the form of baskets of flowers. circa 1830. Enlarge Picture TC536:  Late 18th Centaury mahogany two compartment tea caddy edged and faced  with boxwood and inlaid to the top with an oval marquetry medallion depicting   a conch shell  unusually occupied by a hermit-crab.   Circa 1790.  Enlarge Picture
A very fine one compartment inlaid Enlarge Picture TC131: An Octagonal Caddy veneered in harewood having boxwood stringing and inlaid with
            oval marquetry panels depicting country flowers. Circa 1790.Enlarge Picture TC109: A Finely Drawn Penwork tea  Caddy of Particular Interest Dated 1845 decorated inside and out with penwork depicting the cultural and social interchange of east and west. Enlarge Picture Enlarge Picture
TC426:  Tea chest in highly figured rosewood of architectural form inlaid with mother of pearl which depicts stylized flora and fauna,  the chest standing on turned rosewood feet having turned drop handles. Inside the tea chest there are two liftout hinged canisters (retaining some of their original leading) and a particularly fine cut lead crystal bowl. Circa 1835-40. Enlarge Picture TC491: Rosewood,  tea chest inlaid with brass tea chest having embossed gilt brass drop ring handles to the sides made by William Dobson. Inside there are three compartments containing two hinged lift out tea canisters and a central well with original deeply cut crystal sugar bowl. Circa 1810. Enlarge Picture TC130: A Chinese export lacquer tea caddy in reddish earth colored lacquer having rounded corners decorated with two colors of gold depicting groups of birds highlighted in red lacquer. Circa 1840. Enlarge Picture
TC428: Victorian walnut veneered box inlaid in strips of geometric parquetry  circa 1880. Inside there are two compartments each with a supplementary lid. Enlarge Picture A Finely Drawn Penwork tea  Caddy of Particular Interest Dated 1845 decorated inside and out with penwork depicting the cultural and social interchange of east and west. Enlarge Picture A Strong Oval 18th Century Tea Caddy in the Neo-classical Tradition. Circa 1790. Enlarge Picture TC121: A flame mahogany tea caddy of tapered pyramid shape standing on brass ball feet with two lidded compartments and a central place for sugar bowl circa 1820. Enlarge Picture
A Rare Rosewood Tea chest with twin cut crystal  tea canisters and central Bowl Circa 1815 Enlarge Picture A Exquisite Chinese Export lacquer tea chest with expressive paintings in gold and coloured lacquer Circa 1800. Shaped Coromandel twin compartment tea caddy  standing on turned ebony feet circa 1840 Enlarge Picture A late 18th century rolled paper  tea caddy the framed panels of  filigree spaced ornament on a background of mica flakes and having colored prints of classical inspiration under glass. The caddy is framed with fruitwood inlaid with a chevron of dark and light wood. Enlarge Picture
An important and rare  Laurencekirk Scottish tea chest by  C. Stiven having wooden hinges to both the chest and the lift out canisters Circa 1810.</title>Enlarge Picture
Elliptical 18th Century Caddy with Fine Decoration in the Neoclassical Tradition. Circa 1790. Enlarge Picture      A finely  Inlaid Hairwood George III Tea Caddy of oval form Circa 1790.Enlarge Picture A  rare early 19th Century shaped Tunbridgeware three compartment tea caddy standing on turned feet.
Penwork Caddy with Quirky Decoration of European and Exotic Fusion. Circa 1820.  Enlarge Picture   The  decoration  is of very  fine quality depicting "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms" and  the  shape of the caddy is exceptionally  good.  
A Fine Regency Penwork Three Compartment  Tea Caddy circa 1815   A Rare Rosewood Tea chest with twin cut crystal canisters Circa 1810.
A very rare late 18th Century  straw work  tea caddy. An Octagonal Partridge Wood veneered Tea Caddy Circa 1790. Polychromed Chinoiserie Tea Chest, Circa 1820. Chinese export lacquer tea chest with scenes of tea trading the interior fitted with metal canisters, circa 1840.
m1.jpg (24066 bytes) Penwork Tea Caddy With Classical Scene, Circa 1815. Oak Tea Caddy in Neo Gothic Style Made of Historic Wood circa 1840 Octagonal Regency Kingwood Tea Chest with Brass inlay Circa 1810. 
Curvaceous Papier mâché twin compartment tea caddy with chinoiserie decoration stamped Jennens & Bettridge, circa 1845.    A flame mahogany tea chest of traditional Chippendale form having fretted brass escutcheon and top carrying handle with a sliding side revealing a secret spoon drawer and standing on bracket feet. Circa 1770.   A single compartment harewood tea caddy edged with boxwood and inlaid with oval marquetry medallions depicting a conch shell to the top and holly leaves to the front. Circa 1790.    A bombe-shaped Regency caddy veneered in rosewood strung with boxwood with embossed feet and handles. Circa 1820.
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An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest the horn fluted and framed by engraved horn panels,  standing on turned and carved horn feet  the inside contrasting having twin lift-out  sandalwood  canisters  with incised and lac filled hinged ivory lids, flanking a cut crystal bowl. Circa 1835.   A Chinese export lacquer tea caddy in reddish earth colored lacquer having rounded corners decorated with two colors of gold depicting groups of birds highlighted in red lacquer. Circa 1840.   Georgian mahogany three compartment tea chest having twin oval toped lift-out wooden canisters flanking a cut glass bowl. Circa 1790. A burr yew  three compartment tea chest of bombe shape drop handles standing on embossed gilded brass fee and having twin lift-out  canisters flanking a cut crystal bowl. Circa 1820
 An Octagonal Caddy veneered in harewood and inlaid with oval marquetry panels depicting country flowers. Circa 1790.  Rosewood three compartment  brass Inlaid Tea Chest with gadrooned framings having twin lift-out  wooden canisters flanking a cut crystal bowl standing on embossed gilded brass feet and with drop handles, Circa 1825. A flame mahogany tea chest of traditional Chippendale form with cavetto molding to the top and edged subtly with rope twist banding having brass edge escutcheon and Dutch drop handle and containing three tinned ferrous metal lift out containers. Circa 1775.    A three compartment satin-birch tea caddy with lidded interior and inlaid with oval marquetry medallions depicting fruit on the top and a vase of flowers on the front. Circa 1795.
A continental pearwood tea caddy decorated with cut steel 1820-1840. (c) Hygra.com    Amboyna Veneered Tea Chest, Circa 1845. Burr Yew Tea Caddy, Circa 1825. A  Regency shaped rosewood twin compartment tea caddy with pyramided top strung with box wood and standing on brass paw feet and having brass  side handles
  18th Century walnut Tea Chest Fitted with a Secret Compartment, Circa 1780. tcchsd01.jpg (98595 bytes) A Mahogany Tea Caddy with Marquetry Oval Inlay Circa 1790. Chinese Export Lacquer Tea Caddy with Gold Decoration Circa 1850
 Chinese Export Lacquer Tea Caddy with Gold Decoration Circa 1835. 8th Century ivory tea caddy.     A George II Shagreen covered Tea Chest with Silver Mounts. Maple Two Compartment Tea Caddy with Original Prints Circa 1795.
Tea caddy in tortoiseshell veneer,  edged in carved tortoiseshell and faced with ivory.  Carved decoration was used on only a very few caddies.   English c1800 A tea caddy of cube form with the top and sides deeply carved depicting trailing oak leaves   A Very Fine and Rare Regency Penwork Two Compartment  Tea Caddy circa 1815 Burr Chestnut Tea Chest, Circa 1815.
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           A late 18th century rolled paper tea caddy. An good example of a late 18th century single compartment tea caddy. A late 18th century oval amboyna tea caddy. Very Fine Rare Early 19th C. Anglo Indian Ivory and  Sadeli  Mosaic  Tea Caddy.  Circa 1830
A Very Rare early 19th century Tunbridge Ware Tea Caddy A carved three compartment tea caddy of the end of the 18th Century. Tunbridge Ware caddies flourished in the middle of the century until the 1870s. A Very Fine Inlaid Regency Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy Circa 1825.
tcmopt.jpg (3562 bytes) A fine two compartment tea caddy from the end of the 18th century. The outside is satinwood. An exceptional Brazilian Rosewood Tea Caddy Inlaid with Mother of Pearl C 1840.
A good example of a mahogany caddy still with its metal containers  c1775 A Very Fine Mahogany Three Compartment Regency Tea Caddy circa 1815. A Wondrous Regency Three Compartment Painted Tea Caddy circa 1820 A Magnificently Constructed Three Compartment Tea Caddy of Imposing Proportions in Flame Mahogany circa 1830.
g1.jpg (21034 bytes) A superb example of an exceptionally fine George III three compartment tea caddy in exotic partridgewood edged with fine lines of boxwood and ebony and a cross banding of kingwood circa 1790. An exceptional Brazilian Rosewood Tea Caddy Inlaid with Brass C 1820. A  Richly Patinated George III three compartment tea caddy in burr yew and edged with  ebony.  Circa 1790.
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A Very Fine Inlaid Two Compartment Tea Caddy circa 1790  Oval tea caddy veneered in a particularly fine piece of amboyna which shows the sudden transition from a satin figure to a burr Circa 1795 tc17t.jpg (1606 bytes) tc20t.jpg (1869 bytes)
Single Compartment Mahogany tea Caddy Circa 1810. i1.jpg (11561 bytes) Tea caddy in Chinese lacquer in very good original condition circa 1850. Tea caddy in Chinese lacquer in very good original condition Circa 1830.
A single tea caddy in harewood with an oval medallion of figured wood Circa 1790. Oak Two Compartment Tea Caddy with Mahogany Inlay Circa 1780. A Fine Regency Penwork Two Compartment  Tea Caddy circa 1815

Chinese Export lacquer Tea Caddy of auspicious and rare form.

Rosewood and Brass Inlaid Tea Chest Circa 1825.

Octagonal Tea Caddy With Prince of Wales Feathers Inlay, Circa 1790.

Tea caddy in Chinese lacquer in very good original condition Circa 1830.

Tea Chest in colored lacquer. Circa 1800.

An exceptional Brazilian Rosewood three compartment Tea Caddy finely inlaid with brass. Circa 1820.

Rosewood and Brass Inlaid Tea Chest Circa 1825.

Rosewood Tea Caddy Inlaid in Brass, Circa 1820.

Amboyna Veneered Tea Chest, Circa 1845.

A fine Regency two compartment Penwork Tea caddy decorated all over with exotic penwork scenes on a sycamore ground  and standing on embossed gilded brass paw feet.

A Rosewood Tea Chest of Sarcophagus Form. Circa 1830

A Brazilian Rosewood Tea Chest Inlaid with Mother of Pearl C 1830.

Rosewood Veneered Tea Chest With Greek Key Inlay, Circa 1790.

A Japanese Edo period chest made of wood veneered with different parquetry designs.

Chinese Export Lacquer Tea Chest with Scenes of Tea Preparation and Trading  Circa 1820.

A wonderfully shaped three compartment tea caddy in Brazilian Rosewood circa 1825 A Very Fine Burr Chestnut Three Compartment Regency Tea Caddy circa 1815.
A  rare early 19th Century shaped Tunbridgeware three compartment tea caddy standing on turned feet. Mahogany Tea Caddy with Conch Shell inlays Circa 1790  A fine and impressive Tunbridgeware tea chest in coromandel ebony inlaid with  micro mosaic. Rare Napoleonic Prisoner of War Straw work single Compartment Tea caddy Circa 1800.
Very Fine Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy Inlaid with Engraved Mother of Pearl and White Metal Circa 1840. A ten sided tortoiseshell strung ivory caddy with a pyramid top with a silver ball finial  having having a silver escutcheon and silver plaque on the front encircled with pique point. Circa 1790. A Regency Neoclassical Rosewood Tea Chest with Brass inlay Circa 1810.

Regency three compartment Penwork Tea caddy decorated all over with exotic penwork scenes on a sycamore ground . Circa 1820

 

   

   

  

  

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