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The Story of British Tea Chests and Caddies

The Story of British Tea Chests and Caddies

Social History and Decorative Techniques

By (author) Marian Walecki


Publishing 13th Sep 2021
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    • An in-depth study on the relevance of tea, tea caddies and tea chests to British society
    • Over 100 pictures of tea caddies/chests and other tea-related illustrations
    • Traces the exponential growth of tea’s popularity from the mid-17th century to the 1900s
    • Expertly researched and beautifully illustrated – the perfect collectors’ reference
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    Tea was introduced to Britain in the 1650s. Its popularity burgeoned over the following two-and-a-half centuries, until it became the defining feature of British culture.

    Drawing inspiration from China, British craftsmen worked to display their skills on numerous tea-related objects, which ritualised the process of drinking tea and imbued it with luxury status. Ceramic and silver tea sets and canisters, stored in lockable chests, became the established means of storing and preserving this precious commodity.

    These canisters, chests and caddies were not merely functional items that might lurk at the back of the kitchen – they were intended for display. Even as the habit of tea drinking filtered down the social scale, such tea caddies were a means of demonstrating the wealth of the owners, and were an essential accoutrement for fashionable women.

    This book collects numerous fine examples of tea caddies, presenting them alongside detailed historical research conducted into their place at the forefront of British society across two and a half centuries. With historical art showing tea’s integration into British society, extracts from old broadsheets, and numerous examples of antique tea chests and caddies, this is a must-buy book for historians and collectors.

    About the Author

    Marian Walecki was a keen collector of tea chests and caddies from her early teens. Interested in all aspects of the art world, she began this project in 1995.

    ACC Art Books
    Publish date
    13th Sep 2021
    300 mm x 237 mm
    320 Pages
    100 color
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