A Very Fine Biedermeier Period Tea Caddy in Exotic Woods and of Bombe Form
A Very Fine Biedermeier Period Tea Caddy in Exotic Woods and of Bombe Form, Circa 1830
A very complicated tea caddy both in terms of its form and materials, showing a hinged lid inset with four quarter-round spandrels of figured heartwood within a cross-banded border, the outer edge trimmed with Ceylonese satinwood mouldings & kingwood banding. The body veneered in richly figured amboyna and sided by ring pulls with embossed circular back-plates, the interior housing a striking amboyna and zebrawood panel with twin oval recesses fitted with conforming lids of burr yew over a compartment retaining remnants of lead paper lining. The base trimmed with zebrawood banding and raised overall on four giltwood ball feet. Retains what appears to be its original lock mechanism and exhibits a very fine old patina & finish overall. Some slight fading to the top and one side, one minor split to the lids interior but does not carry through to its exterior. (Please note this item is presently being offered in 'as found' condition).
Dimensions, 6.25” high x 10.25” wide x 6.5” deep.