Description and Details
We have had the pleasure to acquire and offer this magnificent and collectable pair of solid silver tea caddies made by London silversmith Thomas Heming in 1752.The pair features an original chased 'Chinoiserie' design - popularised during the mid 18th Century in England due to an advance in trade developments with China.Notable silversmiths including Paul de Lamerie were inspired by such designs from the East and as a result, many wares and other firms adopted similar forms as found with these intricate tea caddies.
In addition to eastern inspirations, the caddies are also heavily influenced by the popular Rococo (Rocaille) designs of the mid 18th Century; combining the best of both worlds with an inimitable overall aesthetic.The pair combining Rococo and Chinoiserie designs feature a profusely decorated exterior with Chinese figures, pagodas, lions, scalloped shell motifs and scrolls along each side.
The top of the caddy features a slide-off lid which still functions well even after 269 years of history.
Interior wise, the caddy is quite clean with only some fine scratches and minor tarnishing on the base.
The body of the caddy is supported by four feet on each corner which is discreetly integrated with the overall design of the ornate scrolls and motifs.
The pair is fully hallmarked on the base with English hallmarks.
A wonderful and rare example of exceptional Georgian silverware ideal for uncompromising collectors, whether be it for display, collection or practical usage.
Note: We have intentionally left these pair relatively unpolished and tarnished as some collectors prefer the original aged colour/shadows created by years of oxidation. Should you wish to have this polished to a 'new-like' state, please do contact us and we shall be delighted to accommodate your needs. *This listing is for the pair of tea caddies only - all the other items may be purchased separately.
- Size (mm) L:100mm W:65mm H:120mm
- Size (inches) L:3.93 W:2.55 H:4.72
- Pair Weight: 600 grams (21.1 oz)
Excellent Condition - The pair of tea caddies are in excellent antique condition with no damage with only very minor surface wear on high points. Please refer to the photographs to examine the condition in further detail.
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*Colours of the product may slightly differ from the photos due to different computer screens & lighting conditions*
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