• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 353

    A GEORGE II MULBERRY TEA CADDY

    BY GEORGE COOPER, DATED 1759

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II MULBERRY TEA CADDY
    BY GEORGE COOPER, DATED 1759
    The oak leaf carved top centered by a knight's helmet and coat-of-arms, opening to three removable compartments and a spoon store, each lid with mulberry finial, stamped to underside 'GEORGE COOPER*/STRATFORD-UPON AVON*/MAKER*/1759*'
    6 in. (15 cm.) high, 10¼ in. (26 cm.) wide, 6½ in. (16½ cm.) deep


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    George Cooper is recorded in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks in 1759. This tea caddy is one of many examples of souvenirs made from the mulberry tree which grew in William Shakespeare's garden at New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon. The tree was felled in 1756 by then owner, the Rev. Francis Gastrell, and sold to local woodworkers. Another mulberry wood tea caddy by Cooper commemorating Shakespeare, also signed and dated 1759, was sold from the Prescott Collection, Christie's, New York, 31 January 1981, lot 74 and is now at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's London, 29 November 2000, lot 1.


    Literature

    Robert Bearman, 'Sharp Practice', Focus, June 1981, pp. 26-27.
    Gillian Walkling, Tea Caddies, 1985, fig. 62.