However the ups and downs of tea are much more complex and can only be glimpsed at by understanding the underpinning policy of trade colonization which links it with opium. A fabulous 18th Century chinoiserie tea caddy superbly decorated with figures, foliage, flowers and birds, the interior with two lift out tea containers, the interior decoration is very crisp and Silver hallmarks on the lid and also the tea lettering. These on account of the fragility of the material are now very rare. Side handles in a complimentary design to the feet were often added, such as lion masks, two headed eagles or baskets of flowers.
Georgian Tea Caddy.
Antique Tea Caddies / Teapoy
This is a a good quality 18th Century Georgian antique tea caddy with original furniture and internal tins. Regency Burr Elm Tea Poy c. A very good example of a mahogany veneered tea caddy with exceptionally robust shell inlay. Earlier in the century excavations at Herculaneum and Pompeii revealed a different grammar of aesthetics both in ornament and shape. These sometimes have the escutcheons incorporated within the design. Tea drinking in the 17th century appears to have continued in Coffee Houses and, although something is known about these coffee houses and who frequented them, very little is known about how it was served or how it was kept in the commercial quantities necessary for trade. Colours and edge gilding made the patterns stand out in a filigree effect.