GEORGE III FRUITWOOD TEA CADDY, of PEAR FORM
Naturalistically carved in the form of a pear, the hinged lid retaining the original wooden stem, the interior with remains of original foil; the tight-grained hard wood with waxed finish;
excellent warm color and patination
Introduced in the late 18th century, fruit-forms are today probably the most sought-after of all caddies.
There is conjecture that these caddies were made in imitation of the early 18th century Chinese pears and aubergines. English (and German) examples were predominately apples and pears; however cantaloupes, aubergines, and even strawberries and pineapples have been found. Unlike the Chinese caddies, which had contrasting woods and screw-on lids, the European models were simply polished or varnished, having loosely fitted hinged lids that were lifted by means of a stalk - many of with have been broken or lost. The interiors were lined with foil, softly disintegrated through years of use.
Such is their popularity that many imitations are still made today,.
However this one is from the late 18th or early 19th century English Georgian period.
Condition : Excellent, with expected wear appropriate to age
5” High (to top of stem)
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George III Fruitwood Pear-Form Tea Caddy, England, c1790-1810