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A GEORGE III TULIPWOOD-BANDED, SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY TEA CADDY
A GEORGE III TULIPWOOD-BANDED, SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY TEA CADDY
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A GEORGE III TULIPWOOD-BANDED, SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY TEA CADDY

ATTRIBUTED TO INCE & MAYHEW, CIRCA 1770

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A GEORGE III TULIPWOOD-BANDED, SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY TEA CADDY
ATTRIBUTED TO INCE & MAYHEW, CIRCA 1770
With white-metal handle, the domed cover inlaid with a foliate motif and trompe l'oeil fluted frieze, enclosing a divided interior with two rosewood lidded wells, the body inlaid with flowers, foliage and urns and centred by a coat-of-arms, a chevron between four double-headed eagles displayed, three and one, restorations around keyhole
8 ½ in. (21.5 cm.) high; 13 ½ in. (34 cm.) wide; 6 in. (15 cm.) deep
Provenance
The Property of the Earl and Countess of Perth; sold Christie’s, London, 18 April 1996, lot 4.
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Please note the provenance for this lot should read:

The Property of the Earl and Countess of Perth; sold Christies, London, 18 April 1996, lot 4.

Not as stated in the printed catalogue.

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Lot Essay

The frond marquetry on this tea caddy can be related to that found on the top of a commode attributed to the partnership of Wiliam Ince (d. 1804) and John Mayhew (d. 1811), now in the collection of the Lady Lever Art Gallery (L. Wood, Catalogue of Commodes, London, 1994, p. 195, no. 22). Similar exhuberant carving is also seen on another commode attributed to the firm, supplied to the 4th Duke of Marlborough (H. Roberts, 'Nicely Fitted Up: Furniture for the 4th Duke of Marlborough', Furniture History, vol. 30 (1994), p. 139, fig. 30). The classical urn marquetry can be compared to an urn (with pedestal) supplied by the firm to the Earl of Kerry in about 1770 (C. Cator, 'The Earl of Kerry and Mayhew and Ince: The Idlest Ostentation', Furniture History, vol. 26 (1990), figs. 3-5). Ince & Mayhew referred to the 'tea chest', 'tea box', and 'tea cannister' a number of times as part of their large commission for Lord Kerry, for example, at Twickenham, 'A very Neat Inlaid Teabox with Silver furntiure £7 7s' (H. Roberts, '"Precise and Exact in the Minutest Things of Taste and Decoration": The Earl of Kerry's Patronage of Ince & Mayhew', Furniture History, vol. 49 (2013), p. 35).

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