Exactingly painted chocolate colored lacquer tea caddy. The painting is so tiny and so extensive.
The lightweight eight sided wood box has been coated in a chocolate colored lacquer and decorated with fine gilt paintings. The paintings are so perfect. The domed top has a panel of pheasants in a garden with flowers and insects. There are panels of birds in plants framed by a foliate border on all sides except for the base which is blank. The contrast of the gold on chocolate is a good contrast and visually appealing. The top has two square brass hinges with slot head screws. The inside of the box is also coated in the brown lacquer. The base has a thin brown coating and has eight nail holes. There are two holes at each corner. There is a diamond shaped brass key plate with matching brass hardware inside the box.
7 ½” (19.1) long x 5”(12.7 cm) wide x 4” (10.2 cm) tall. Weighs 12.5 oz (355 g)
There is a crack on the lid near the hinge. There are also lacquer losses on the ends of the lid near the hinges and inside the box. There are also a couple of small lacquer losses on the top lip and lower mouth lip. These don't show when the box is closed. There are two small white dots on the top under the main panel. The side edges have minute losses and cracking. The tea caddy still shows well.
The artistry of this tea caddy is amazing with such tiny paintings. A rich looking tea caddy that is a work of art for your table.