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Set of tea caddies in box

Object Number: 
INV.8516a-d
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Mahogany, wood, porcelain, gilding, textile, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 5 x 9 1/8 x 4 3/4 in. (12.7 x 23.2 x 12.1 cm)
Marks: 
inlaid: using marquetry technique on top of box, center: "Thé" written: in black ink on reverse of paper label tied to tea caddy: "Caddy/Mahogany case" written: in black ink on verso of paper label tied to tea caddy: "Presented to the N.Y. Historical S
Description: 
Rectangular mahogany box with flat, hinged lid (with chamfered cornice), and decoration consisting of marquetry on top of box and on escutcheon, with abstract tendrils reaching around edges of box and inscription at center; inside of lid covered with pink silk embossed with interlocking medallions and diamonds, containing birds, figure in boat, and flowers, over padding; inside of box covered with dark pink paper, divided into three compartments containing three tea caddies; glazed porcelain tea caddies, rectangular body with flat chamfers decorated with painted flowers and gilded swags on top of stopper and around neck and body, on white ground; one tea caddy also has lid in addition to stopper.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Misses Mary Eliza and Isabella Vaché Cox, 1912
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group