Jan 17, 2020
May 5, 2008
May 5, 2008

Tea Caddy

Tea Caddy


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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

Did you know?

The curving shape of this tea caddy is echoed by the scrolling lines and swirling naturalistic ornament on all four sides.


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.


Tea Caddy
See also
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Silver gilt

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