Early 19th Century Regency Mahogany Inlaid Tea Caddy - For Sale
Early 19th Century Regency Mahogany Inlaid Tea Caddy
This fine example of Regency artisanship features sarcophagus style profile and structure with pyramid shaped lid, matching rich mahogany with with decorative inlaid trim on the lid, the custom round mixing bowl frame, and the twin tea box lids inside. The orginal cut crystal mixing bowl in the center is rare indeed. The inside of the lid boasts original pale blue 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. 8" w. 12" d. 6".