REF: B0028 SOLD
An Exceptional 19th Century Chinese Export Black Lacquer Tea Caddy, Guangzhou
An Exceptional 19th Century Chinese Export Black Lacquer Tea Caddy, Guangzhou (Canton) Circa 1800
The exterior decorated overall in black lacquer with hand painted gilt foliate motifs, the hinged lid opening to reveal three oblong pewter canisters, the central canister - used for blending, flanked on either side by matching canisters for both black and green teas, all three having richly embossed lids overtop recessed lids with turned wooden finials. Dimensions, 6” high x 10” wide x 6” deep.
In very good condition overall with minor wear consistent with age, materials and use.
Reference: A near identical example is illustrated in the ‘Chinese Export, Art & Design’ department of the permanent collection at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
It may be of further interest to note that the example in the V&A Collection has only two canisters, whereas the tea caddy in our inventory is of a more complete nature, having three – the third as previously mentioned in the above description, used for blending the two varieties of tea.
To view the V&A example visit the V&A website ‘Collections’ page and search FE. 170 F-1975)