Antique Chinoiserie Black and Gold Lacquerware Tea Caddy , 19th Century
Antique Chinoiserie Black and Gold Lacquerware Tea Caddy , 19th Century with Pewter Fitted Interior, of canted-cornered rectangular form, with hinged cover, the base on four molded in gilded brass feet. The black lacquer box painted with bi-colored gilt penwork with Chinoiserie scenes of Asian figures in garden courtyards, surrounded by undulating foliate scrolls, the short sides painted with stylized flowerhead and chrysanthemum petals, the gallery between the cover and body painted with a lateral band of undulating flowering vine. the caddy interior lined in pewter and divided into two sections, both with shaped covers. Unmarked. Regency Period, c. 1825.
5 1/2" H., 7 3/5" W. , 5" Deep.
Tea caddies were designed to keep tea leaves fresh and dry before tea packets and cellophane were invented. The two sections of the body were designed to hold two different kinds of tea. This is a lovely way to keep tea today, or use to store fortune cookies and other biscuits, cell phone chargers, condoms or as a piggy bank for coins.
Minor visible wear, the interior cover lining has some light crazing to the lacquer surfaces and minor damage and wear to the surface corners. Good condition for age.