18th century Rolled Paper Caddy

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2072/19: A remarkable late 18th century "rolled paper" TEA CADDY in fine original condition. Of hexagonal shape, all twelve panels and the top are decorated in tiny brightly-coloured and gilded rolls of paper arranged in patterns, whilst some edges are finished in chequered string inlay. It is surmounted by a cast brass 'bow' handle and opens to reveal the original inner lid and much of the original lead lining. 7ins (18cms) max width. *Sometimes called "quilling" the practice of decorating tea caddies with tiny rolls of coloured or gilded paper was practiced by "ladies of leisure" though the quality of this caddy indicates they might also have been produced commercially.


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