Antique English Regency Coromandel Wood Tea Caddy Box - For Sale
Antique English Regency Coromandel Wood Tea Caddy Box
This fine example of Regency artisanship features a large over sized sarcophagus style profile, lion head handles and structure with pyramid shaped lid, all made of the rare rich and prized dense coromandel wood, sometimes known as Madagasgar ebony, the custom round mixing bowl frame, and the twin coromandel tea box lids inside. The original cut crystal mixing bowl in the center is rare indeed. The inside of the lid boasts original golden velvet signifying noble stature. The "tea chest" or "caddy", which became popular later, derives from the Malay Chinese "kati" which means a measure of tea weighing about a pound and one third. This single imported commodity was destined to inspire almost two centuries of social ritual and decorative arts. The largest and most diverse group of caddies are the wooden boxes or chests. The high cost of tea assured its status as a luxury item and necessitated a secure container for its storage and display. The construction and decoration of these containers was a reflection of the social rank of the owner. The finest furniture makers were enlisted to produce these boxes, each of which reflected the cabinetmaker's best work. Circa 1805-1815. h. 9" w. 14" d. 7.5".