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Rare Lacquer Japanned Tea Chest


£8,500 | $10,481 USD | €9,617 EUR
Item Number: SA818031
Date of manufacture: 18th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Freshfords Fine Antiques
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A rare mid 18th century black lacquer and Japanned tea chest.
The dome-shape topped tea chest is decorated on all sides. The sides and top all have a similar Chinoiserie pattern with a central picture of Japanned and lacquered scenes from China. The figures are in different colours and are still vibrant and of the highest quality. The tea chest is still fitted with the original hinges to the back which is decorated with Hoho birds picking fruit.
The tea chest opens to reveal the original blue velvet interior with a later glass mixing bowl. The tea cannisters are the originals and have decoration to the top and also to the bodies. Unusually the bodies of the cannisters are quite faded. The scale and size of the tea chest is really important in that it dates it back to the mid 18th century as does the lacquer work. Later Chinoiserie and Japanned tea caddies were often sarcophagus shaped or of other forms but not of this shape or this scale.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 18th Century.


Height = 18 cm (7.1")
Width = 30 cm (11.8")
Depth = 18 cm (7.1")

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