9 November 2004
A RARE PAINTED IVORY TEA-CADDY BOX AND HINGED COVER
FIRST HALF OF 18TH CENTURY
The top carved in relief and applied with a lady reclining on a low table beside a seated boy and a gentleman standing before her, a lady attendant and dog to their side, the sides similarly carved and applied with birds, butterflies and insects amongst realistically and finely carved flowering branches, the details overall painted in shades of green, yellow, brown, blue and rose, the base corners applied with silver cabriole feet, some losses to ivory
9¼ x 5 3/8 x 5¾ in. (23.5 x 13.7 x 14.8 cm.) overall
Mr. Basil and the Hon. Mrs. Nellie Ionides.
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M. Jourdain and R. S. Jenyns, Chinese Export Art in the Eighteenth Century, London, 1950, fig. 124, p. 133.
The box at one time contained two silver tea caddies bearing the London hallmark 1742, and it was very probably made a few years earlier.
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