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Antique Boxes in English Society
1760 -1900
Tea Caddies and Tea
Tea Caddies and Tea



Amboyna Veneered Tea Chest, Circa 1845.
A strikingly formed tea chest veneered in  amboyna, the intricate figure contrasted with black edgings and feet. The black strip on the base is a later restoration.

13" wide.  

 Circa 1845.

Front view showing the form which is most unusual. Although concave, the central part is quite straight, giving the piece a monumental strength. This is characteristic of the second phase of neoclassicism which was inspired by Egyptian forms.

Detail showing the incredible figure and color with golden glows.

Inside the canister tops are also veneered in amboyna. The bowl is not original. It is in molded glass but fits well!

Inside of canister showing a remnant of original leading.

The hinges are particular and have a complex stopping mechanism.

The hinges are stamped P. Moore, Registered Sept. 1845. 

For the historical context of this caddy read the relevant part of Antigone's Online Antique Box Book. If you click here you will go there.
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