Tea caddy

English (probably London)
about 1755–60

Object Place: Europe, probably London, England


Diameter at base: 12.7 x 6.5 cm (5 x 2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Enameled copper with polychrome decoration; tooled gilt-metal mounts

On View

Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)





The baluster-shaped body of the tea caddy is spirally lobed in three sections with a domed circular foot. The circular domed and stepped cover is mounted with a rim of gilt metal, machine engraved with a pattern of wavy lines. The top rim of the caddy is similarly mounted, and the inside of the rim is faceted and scalloped. The foot is mounted with a thin band of gilt metal with a scalloped edge. The exterior of the tea caddy and cover is decorated with a thick layer of apple-green enamel over white. Two large bouquets of flowers, including roses and tulips, are painted on opposite sides of the caddy in soft shades of pink, yellow, blue, orange, and pace with yellow-green foliage. Smaller bouquets and individual sprays of flowers decorate the rest of the body and the foot. A butterfly and a dragonfly are also included in the painted decoration. Another large bouquet and a ladybug are painted on the cover. The undersides of the foot and the cover are also painted with flowers on a white ground. The interior of the tea caddy is enameled in white.




By 1980, purchased in New York by Rita and Frits Markus, New York, NY and Chatham, MA; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Markus. (Accession Date: January 12, 1983)

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus