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William IV Period, Circa 1830 Wonderful Large Rosewood Tea Caddy Box Or Chest With Beautiful Mother Of Pearl Bird And Foliate Inlay.


£595 | $730 USD | €686 EUR
Item Number: SA93226
Date of manufacture: 1800
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Serpentine Antiques
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Stunning example of a William IV period tea caddy box or chest of imposing size, made in rosewood with exquisite mother of pearl inlay.
The sarcophagus shape with deeply canted top edge is accented inside and out with gadrooned edges, and the top, front and interior lid have gorgeous lustrous mother of pearl inlay in a foliate scroll, tree and bird design. The escutcheon is also mother of pearl. The mother of pearl inlays shine in the beautiful natural white, pink and blue hues it is prised for.
The grain, colour, and patina of the wood is lovely, and the original circular carved and turned handles are still present on the sides. The whole stands on beautifully carved feet.
The interior contains two removable rosewood canisters with much of their original zinc lining, and a very attractive cut and etched glass mixing bowl that is of the right age and size, but is not original to the box. It has a small chip on the underside of the lip. The original velvet liner is underneath.
Tea caddy boxes were used to store and mix black and green tea. Tea was an expensive commodity during this period, and was kept in a locked box to keep it away from the house staff.
Size-14 inches long by 7 inches wide by 8.5 inches high.
Weight for shipping-3.25 kilos.
A really elegant and classic William IV piece to be used as a decorative accent, or for the collector of tea caddies or unique boxes. The original lock is present, but no key.
In very good antique condition, a box of this size and such exotic materials would have been an expensive and fine quality tea caddy when made, and would have been purchased for a large home.
A lovely well loved antique example. This item will ship from the USA to your location.
Many solid silver tea caddy spoons are available if desired. Please see listings or enquire.
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Internal Ref: 5960


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1800.


Height = 22 cm (8.7")
Width = 36 cm (14.2")
Depth = 18 cm (7.1")

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