Rare Chinese Export Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy, circa 1840-1850

A rare Chinese export tortoiseshell tea caddy made for the Dutch market. The exterior has decorative lacquer panels on every surface. The top and front depict cranes and foliage while the side panels have decorative fans. The shaped body and interior reveals a single lid and remnants of the original lining. There is some light wear to the lacquer panels but the overall condition is good, with no damage to the tortoiseshell. Date circa 1840-1850. Cites licence required if sold outside of the EU.


H 4 in. x W 5.5 in. x D 3.5 in.

H 10.16 cm x W 13.97 cm x D 8.89 cm




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