Antique 18th Century Georgian Mahoghany Paper Scroll Work Tea Caddy Box, Circa 1780

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A good antique Georgian scrollwork tea caddy, circa 1780.

An octagonal shaped paper scroll tea caddy, the front, back and cover decorated overall with paper scrolls in stylized floral and foliate motifs. The caddy having a hinged lid with an interior lid with an ivory finial enclosing a reservoir for storing tea and having the original lining paper. The caddy is in very good condition.

Paper filigree work was fashionable during the last part of the eighteenth century through to the early part of the nineteenth century. Paper was rolled up to create small coils and then gilded or coloured to simulate metalwork.

The technique was mostly carried out by ladies for amusement or taught at ladies’ schools. In 1786 an account of paper filigree work was published in the New Ladies’ Magazine illustrating stylized floral patterns and borders, palmettes and garlands. See A.Clarke and J. O’Kelly, Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, & Society 1700-1880, pp.117-118.


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4.75 inches high × 5.1 inches wide × 4.25 inches deep


12.07 cm high × 12.96 cm wide x 10.8 cm deep

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