Rare English Tea Chest in the Form of a Sideboard, in mahogany and deal, having a rectangular hinged top with shaped and carved backsplash, opening to a felt lined interior with two compartments for teaspoons and a moulded crystal sugarbowl. The front with a starburst pierced central panel flanked by hinged doors with applied plinth-form decoration and opening to foil lined drawers for green and black teas.
William Smee & Sons, London, published a catalog of furniture designs in 1850 which had sideboards of similar form. (See Pictorial Dictionary of British 19th Century Furniture Designs by Edward Joy, pp 435-36.)
Exhibited: The 48th Washington Antique Show, “Inside and Outside the Box”.
Circa 1840. 13.25” x 7” x 11.25”