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Fine Filigree Work Tea Caddy

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Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Fine Filigree Work Tea Caddy

Fine Filigree Work Tea Caddy, Hexagonal, with kingwood banding and with all panels and lid decorated with rolled paper floral designs with traces of color and gilding: the front panel incorporates a central print of a boy playing a flute. English, Circa 1790.

Also known as “quill work” or “rolled or scrolled paper” tea caddies, these undecorated boxes would have been purchased from a cabinetmaker and decorated at home or in schools by ladies as a genteel amusement and to show their artistic abilities. Today, it is hard to find these boxes in this fine a condition. (See: Clarke & O’Kelly, Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies and Society1700-1880, pp. 117-118 for similar examples)

6.25” x 3.75” x 5.25” tall

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