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In excellent condition, with wonderful rich colour and good patina. Working lock with key. Interior features two compartments with lids for storing tea, and a tea mixing bowl (bowl replaced but fits the space very well).
With three bands of floral decoration, and centre scene of Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex.
Herstmonceux Castle, in Sussex, is one of the earliest examples of brick building in England. Construction started in 1441.
Unusually, the castle is in better condition today than it was in Victorain times when this tea caddy was made.
In the late 18th century, the castle had deteriorated and the cost of renovation was prohibitive. The interior contents were sold off; the interior walls torn down and the bricks re-used elsewhere.
The exterior walls remained, and within a few years were a picturesque, ivy-clad ruin. By Victorian times the castle had become a popular tourist destination with visitors to the nearby South Coast resorts of Eastbourne and Brighton, who enjoyed the scene very much as depicted on this tea caddy.
By the end of the 19th century the walls were in dire need of attention. Fortunately a private owner undertook the enormous and costly task of restoring the castle to its former glory.
Tunbridge ware is a particular form of marquetry, made only in the Kent towns of Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, primarily from about 1830 to 1900. The mosaic technique used for this tea caddy required thousands of tiny wooden sticks of different colours, arranged to create the desired scene or pattern, and then tightly glued together. Thin slices were taken from the resulting block and applied to a surface.
|Height||6.50 inch||(16.51 cm)|
|Width||12.00 inch||(30.48 cm)|
|Depth||5.75 inch||(14.60 cm)|
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