An exceptionally fine George II Tea Canister made in London circa 1735 by Richard Beale.
This very fine piece is modelled in the rare slender rectangular form and stands on a plain stepped foot. The four side panels are beautifully flat chased with Rococo designs incluing shells, scrolls and trellis work. One side is also engraved with a shield shaped Armorial, surrounded by a cartouche of feathery scrolls and shells. The stepped cover, rises to a platform top, and is again beautifully chased with scrolls, shells and trellis work designs. This is the first time we have offered this slender, elegant, design of tea canister The canister is in excellent condition, with a very good colour, and the chasing still remains very crisp. This piece has a most exceptional weight, one of the heaviest we have offered. The Arms are those of the Brigham family of Common End, County Oxford.The base is well marked three times with the maker's mark of Richard Beale, which indicates that it was an urgent order and went straight to the client from the silversmiths workshop. Richard Beale was apprentice to the specialist Tea Caddy maker, Jonathan Newton, and also the Royal maker, John Hugh Le sage. His first mark was entered in October 1733, with workshops in Henrietta Street, Covent Gardem, when this piece was made.Height: 4.5 inches, 11.25cm.Length: 2.95 inches, 7.38cm.Width: 1.75 inches, 4.38cm.Weight: 14oz.