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Georgian Burr Yew Tea Caddy

£ POA

Height
13 cm (5")
Width
19.5 cm (7 3/4")
Depth
11.5 cm (4 1/2")
Antique Burr Yew Tea Caddy with an inlaid conch shell to the top, a bird surrounded by oak leaves on the front with a kite shaped bone escutcheon and its cants inlaid with tea plants.

This fabulous Georgian inlaid tea caddy has two burr yew lidded compartments, with traces of their original lining and comes with a fully working lock and tasselled key.

Mark Goodger Antiques are passionate about tea caddies and are the UK's pre-eminent and leading antique box specialists. Tea Caddies are noted for the variety of different shapes and sizes made using exotic woods, tortoiseshell, ivory, horn and shagreen. They make a wonderful decorative and functional heirloom in any modern or traditional home.

THE HISTORY OF ANTIQUE TEA CADDIES

In England in the 1700s, tea was an expensive commodity. To keep it safe, people would store it in a lockable Tea Chest or Tea Box, which eventually became known as a Tea Caddy (the word caddy is derived from the Malay "kati", a unit of weight by which tea was sold). As tea was too expensive to risk leaving in the presence of servants, the caddy would be kept in the drawing room. Subsequently, the Tea Caddy became an important & fashionable accessory for the home.
Height
13 cm (5")
Width
19.5 cm (7 3/4")
Depth
11.5 cm (4 1/2")
Year
c. 1790
Medium
Wood, Bone
Country
United Kingdom
Provenance
This tea caddy was exhibited at the East India Company, 7/8 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XF