Tea Caddy

English (London)
1747–48
Marked by Peter Taylor (mark entered 1740)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 12.4 cm x W. 7.7 cm x D. 10.4 cm (4 7/8 x 3 1/16 x 4 1/8 in.) Weight:507.5 gm (16 oz 6 dwt)

Accession Number

1991.1

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

Each canister is rectangular in section, with bombé sides and an inset base with a molded wire rim. The sugar box is of a similar form, but square in section. The cast panels of the sides of the boxes are filled with complex architectural fantasies in low relief against a crisply matted ground. The arcades are occupied by figures in Chinese dress, waterfalls and foliage. On two sides of each box is centered an asymmetrical cartouch from which engraving has been removed. The cast hinged covers are modeled with coral and shells, and an applied cast figure of a lizard serves as a thumbpiece.

Markings

On underside of each piece, maker's mark PT (Grimwade 2239); lion passant; date letter m; leopard's head crowned

Provenance

Purchased from Partridge Fine Arts, PLC, London, January 23, 1991, Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection, Gift of Mrs. S. J. Katz to the MFA by exchange. (Accession Date: January 23, 1991)

Credit Line

Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection, by exchange