Dating antique tea caddies
Satinwood and other light coloured woods were used to veneer caddies destined to be painted.
Most of these are in the manner of Angelica Kauffmann with floral swags and putti.
Sometimes the whole caddy was covered in glass, which acted as a protection.
Stringing and cross banding were also effective elegant decorative devices.By the last decades of the 18th century the philosophical, stylistic and financial certainties of the mid eighteenth century were already undermined by exposure to different cultures.Improved transport and trade changed both cultural perceptions and social structures.Unlike most of the other caddies of the period they were large in slightly rectangular shapes. This period is often referred to as the Regency period.
Although this is not historically strictly correct, the Regency dates are 1811-20, there is some justification in the description.These provided the ladies of the time with a genteel pastime; they decorated them with rolled up pieces of paper in different patterns.