S/2184 George III Mahogany Chippendale Blind Fret Tea Chest
A fine mahogany Chippendale blind fret tea chest (cadddy), having quartered ivory corner pillars. The lid is fitted with a gilded brass carrying handle, and the interior is lined with red maroon hide. To the back is a removable mahogany and oak lined rectangular box for a metal bombilla. In front are three, now vacant, comapartments, originally housing metal canteens for tea. The whole, with a base moulding, is raised on small ogee bracket feet, and has a wonderful rich colour and patination.
The hinges and feet have been at sometime replaced.
For a similar example, see Fig 301, Tea Chests, plates CXXVIII and CXXIX in the Chippendale Director 1754.
9¾ in. (25 cm.) Wide
6 in. (15 cm.) Deep
6¾ in. (17 cm.) High
English Circa 1760