This charming tea caddy (or other storage jar) is an elegant late 19th century or early 20th century French piece with belle epoch styling. A plain china body with hand painted bands of green and gilt. Between the top bands are swags of roses There is a sticker to the base but this is unreadable and probably a retail sticker rather than an indication of origin.
The style however is fairly Sevres or Limoges, though this design is similar to Dresden designs of about the same period – it may have been common to buy blanks and add the silver later..
The caddy has a silver collar and cap, 950 grade silver (French standard) but no evident maker’s mark. The lid has a gallery edge design and slightly domed top and the fit can be described as “Snug”, nesting against a rope edged base to the collar – very well executed.
It is possible the silver may once have been gilded, however this has worn away with polishing. The MInerva head silver mark is there but again slightly worn. The china base has manufacturing flaws but not damage. Very little other signs of use, age or damage.
- 14 cm/5.5 inches tall
- 8.5 cm/3.4 inches at widest point.
- 5 cm/2 inches base diameter
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