Box to Hold Casket and Tea Caddy

English (London)
late 18th century
James Perry (first mark entered 1763)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 19.5 cm (7 5/8 in.); W. 20.5 cm (8 1/8 in.); D. 16.1 cm (6 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1976.607

Medium or Technique

Wood; fabric

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The rectangular filigree chest is architectural in form. A shaped plinth rests on four ball feet. Four columns stand on the plinth framing the rectangular container. The cover is a rooflike structure, of shaped outline, with an interior compartment that may be accessed from a hidden sliding panel. A filigree caddy spoon and oval covered basket are concealed in the top compartment. The cover is hinged and opens to reveal the silver canister fitted inside. The chest is made of assembled filigree panels, each formed of tightly scrolled drawn and tooled wire. Broader strands of polished wire in the center of each panel form double scrolls, and the outer edges of each panel are framed in plain wire. The silver canister, formed from pieces of sheet, is rectangular with a hinged, shaped cover. The highly polished plain surface is engraved and chased with a chain pattern along the borders, and the front and back panels have an engraved oval containing a gilt urn against a rayed ground. The side panels are filled with a gilt circle containing an engraved floral motif. The interior of the box is lead-lined.

Provenance

Purchased from Brand Inglis, Ltd., London, September 8, 1976, Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. (Accession Date: September 8, 1976)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour