Tea was served ceremoniously, but not prudishly; it allowed for intrigue, scandal, business, intellectual exchange, and, perhaps most of all, style. During the 18th C the Rococo and Neo-classical designs saw beautiful mahogany boxes, which are both beautiful and durable. The hinged lid opens to reveal a partially lined interior original and provide ideal storage space for those special letters or valuable trinkets maybe? But, unfortunately, the fakers always seem to be one step ahead. When purchasing an antique silver box pay attention to the hallmarks, if genuine it will help identify the date of manufacture. We feature a diverse and high-quality selection of vintage and antique music artifacts, including music boxes, figurines and ornaments. We will conclude with Chinese export caddies, because they are indisputably the soul of the whole tea trade. Tea chests were then made in straight lines with very discreet decoration, mostly in the form of central flat handles and fine stringing and cross-banding.
Very petite in size the chest still manages to carry nine small drawers, all with their original glass handle. A very superior group of painted ware, which was obviously painted in the same studio, in our opinion hail from Cumnock in West Scotland. The feet and handles were made of turned wood and the inlay was in mother of pearl. Caddies, especially tea chests, took to the new shapes, and they were made magnificently. We also know that personalization is in the details, so we offer many different antique boxes and collectables Material like Plastic , Wood , Glass , Metal , Paper , Other , Stainless Steel , Non-Woven Fabric , Copper , Gold Plated, and others. Brixhe was famous for his painting of flowers and also for fine ink drawing, which imitated lines within marble.
The early 19th-century examples were made by juxtaposing carefully selected pieces of timber in geometric designs. Tortoiseshell, or shagreen-covered examples housed silver caddies. To help find the best and most stunning musical vintage and antique collectibles that match your needs and aesthetic — or to help select a thoughtful and unique gift — call one of our music specialists today at 888-884-2533. Timeless Musical Treasures Before iPods, compact discs and stereos, records and phonographs, people enjoyed music simply with music boxes or directly from an instrument. French polish was now preferred to the earlier finishes, and this gave a glossy, smooth look to the surfaces. The next significant design development came about with the spread of neo-Classicism during the last two decades of the 18th century. It has the typical vented sides and front found in cupboards designed for food, allowing air to ventilate the produce inside.
The good news is that tea chests and caddies from this period are difficult although not impossible to fake. Unless it's an actual auction sale price, the values given for any item are often an opinion of the author or appraiser. Also avoid gimmicks, such as different and complex shapes, unless you examine the item with great care. These delightful objects were decorated mostly by ladies at home or school, although some were made by professionals and by Napoleonic prisoners of war. Silver boxes had a certain status attached; they were namely owed by the wealthy, stylish and often simplistic, though they can be very ornate in some cases. Out went the straight lines and the flat decoration.
The musical mechanisms were often placed in jewelry boxes, windup trinkets, holiday novelties, clocks and watches. Popular antique boxes and collectables of Good Quality and at Affordable Prices You can Buy on AliExpress. It took ancient motifs such as palmettes and anthemions and rendered them into brass inlays that contrasted well with the newly fashionable dark timbers. Caddies from Tunbridge Wells became very distinctive after 1800, when the area developed its own style. The designs were mostly floral. Walnut became the favorite timber.
Silver boxes should have a purity of 92. The Regency was the time of the second phase of neo-Classicism. Other makers, followed the same designs, mostly keeping to the less ornamented examples and the straight-sided forms. The boxes were mounted on turned wooden or gilded brass feet and often had side carrying handles. Com Today Since 1965, TheMusicHouse.
These contained metal or wooden canisters. Remember the Georgians prided themselves for their sophisticated taste. Antique Boxes Antique boxes are a very sought after, collectable item. In came forms that undulated and danced in curvaceous and structured forms. Containers of the precious tea leaves were objects of pride. By the end of the 19th century, caddies featuring bands of geometric inlay were made in great numbers, mostly in simple straight shapes or with domed tops. He had a selection of tea caddies so he could store his tea leaves according to their character.
Sometimes the decoration was arranged in columns, thus drawing the eye upwards, as if at the entrance of a temple. Their main use was to store valuables, whether this was jewellery, snuff or tobacco. Antique Victorian Figured Walnut Domed Top Casket This antique Victorian casket, circa 1870, is constructed from beautifully figured walnut and has a domed top. From there, the boxes became more intricate and featured lever-spring winders for uninterrupted play. Hand painted boxes are also lovely- a chinoiserie box is particularly nice. The caddies we have discussed so far are in the mainstream.
Sometimes the interior may look old, but the exterior has been re-veneered or enhanced. Boxes evolved from this simplistic creation for a number of purposes. We also have lovely Antique Writing Slopes, usually made in rosewood, mahogany or walnut. Avoid flat, smooth, raw looking boxes. Tapering, concave, bombe boxes with pediments and pedestals are a distillation of an ancient form through the informed mind of the cabinetmaker, who had attained a high level of expertise.