Tea Caddy

English (London)
1753–54
Marked by Samuel Taylor (free 1744)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 12.1 cm x D. 8.3 cm (4 3/4 x 3 1/4 in.); Weight: 1,434.5 gm (46 oz 2 dwt)

Accession Number

1985.198a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The tea cansiters are bombé in form, resting on a molded cast foot decorated with a band of cast and chased with spiraling flutes, with chased flowers filling the lobes. An asymetrical cartouche is reserved at the front of each. The high rim is formed from seamed sheet and chased with flowers over the seam. The domed cover has a bezel, a tooled rim and a finial in the form of a flower and stem. It is chased with spiraling flutes and flowers. The inverted pear-shaped sugar box is constructed and decorated in the same way. The canisters are identical in design; the sugar box is similar but has broader proportions. The inverted pear-shaped body rests on a circular domed foot with a band of flowers and foliage against a matted ground. The body is chased with spiral fluting alternating with bands of flowers. There is a cast finial in the form of a flower and a tooled rim.

Inscription

Engraved in the cartouche on each canister, SE

Markings

On underside of each canister, maker's mark ST (Grimwade 2645); lion passant (repeated on bezel of each cover); date letter s; leopard's head crowned.

Provenance

According to tradition, given by Gov. William Shirley (1694-1771) to an ancestor of Andrew Montgomery Ritchie, by descent to Miss Janet Ritchie, Gift of the heirs of Miss Janet Ritchie to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 24, 1985)

Credit Line

Gift of the heirs of Miss Janet Ritchie