Finest Regency Brass Inlaid Rosewood Tea Caddy - For Sale
Finest Regency Brass Inlaid Rosewood Tea Caddy
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This fine example of Regency artisanship features sarcophagus style profile and structure with pyramid shaped lid, matching rich rosewood with with decorative inlaid brass scroll work on the lid, the custom round mixing bowl frame, and the twin brass inlaid tea box lids inside. The original cut crystal mixing bowl in the center is rare indeed. The inside of the lid boasts original red 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. 7" w. 12" d. 6".