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These tea-caddies are embellished with Cantonese ivory tablets that are backed by rose-pink satin and intricately fretted with Chinese landscapes and pavilions. Related mid eighteenth century tea-caddies, fretted in mother-of-pearl, are illustrated G. Cummins, Antique Boxes, Woodbridge, 2006 (pl. 199); while a related ivory fretted caddy dating from around 1800 is illustrated D.S. Howard, Three centuries of Sino-British Trade in the Decorative Arts, London, 1997 (fig.252).