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Antique English Regency Rosewood Tea Caddy 19th C.

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Antique English Regency Rosewood Tea Caddy 19th C.
This fine example of Regency artisanship features sarcophagus style profile and structure with pyramid shaped lid, matching rich rosewood, the custom round mixing bowl frame, and the twin brass inlaid tea box lids inside. Includes cut crystal mixing glass in the center. Condition: The piece is in good condition for the age. The top lock tongue is missing and there is no key. The inside of the lid boasts original 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. Dimensions: h. 6.5" w. 13.25" d. 6".

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