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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "A very rare & important George III Tea Caddy modelled as a Tea Chest. Made in London in 1768 by Augustin Le Sage."
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The Caddy is in excellent condition and is fully marked on the base and with the Sterling Mark and maker's mark on the cover. It is interesting to note that four different specialists were involved in the production of one square caddy and the whole process would take up to three weeks to complete. The quality of this piece is outstanding, as would be expected from this silversmith, who specialised in the production of fine tea caddies. He had workshops in Clements Inn Passage, near Clare Market, when this fine piece was made.
Augustin Le Sage was of Huguenot descent and was the son of John Hugh Le Sage, Royal Goldsmith to King George II. The quality of his work is exceptional, as one would expect from his background.
Height: 3.6 inches
Length: 3.6 inches
Depth: 3.6 inches.
Mary Cooke Antiques Ltd
12 The Old Power Station
121 Mortlake High Street