A Victorian papier-mache tea caddy, concave sides with allover gilded and mother of pearl inlaid decoration and inner lid, width 21cm.
Estimate £100 - £150Sold for £240
The box has been repaired around where the hinges sit in the back panel, the front right and rear right corners are chipped and missing some laquer, the right hand side top edge between the back and front corners is quite rough and cracked through the laquer, all along the top cusion edge is quite rough and cracked in places. The top of the lid has couple of missing inlays of mother of pearl top left corner and front right top corner gilding is quite heavily rubbed in places, the two moonstones on the front panel of the box possibly not original and appear to have some excess glue around them the gilding around the rest of the box and feet is quite rubbed. The inner fitted lid has several surface chips around the top edge including the corners surface scratched and one small chip mark just to the rear of the ivory knop, the silvered interior of the box is very heavily rubbed and one of the triangular corner mounts is missing, box has no key.
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