Tea Caddy

Tea Caddy

1741-1742

Part of a set. See all set records

fabricated by

Paul Jacques de Lamerie

(British, 1688-1751)

Silver gilt

Overall: 13.4 x 9.6 x 5.8 cm (5 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 2 5/16 in.)

The Thomas S. Grasselli Memorial Collection 1943.179.a

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This tea caddy is accompanied by a lid. See cover record.

Description

In the 1600s and 1700s, silver played a significant role in projecting wealth, status, power, and ritual in British life. Tea was likewise a highly valued commodity, and as such, silver caddies like this one were designed to display the social distinction of its owner. This canister’s prominently sloping shoulders were designed by Paul Jacques de Lamerie in the early 1730s and became a standard form for tea caddies by the end of the decade.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Silver
Medium: 
Silver gilt

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