circa 1790 - 1800
George III sycamore tea caddy with naive prints of Venus, the 'Goddess of love and beauty', with her son Cupid
who depicts love, attraction, affection and desire. The tea caddy has symmetrical inlays surrounding the prints
and is repeated on its canted sides with oval medallions of tulipwood and burr yew to the sides and back.
The interior of this antique sycamore tea caddy features a single brass handled sycamore veneered lid
with similar inlays, its original pink paper lining to the lid, and contains traces of its tin foil lining.
This wonderful sycamore tea caddy comes with a fully working lock and tasselled key.
In England in the 1700s tea was an expensive commodity. To keep it safe, people would store it in a
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 in which it was stored would generally be kept in the drawing room. Subsequently,
the tea caddy became an important and fashionable accessory for the home.
Height 12.50cm (4.92 inches)
Width 12.50cm (4.92 inches)
Depth 10.00cm (3.94 inches)
Stock No: 19005