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HESTER BATEMAN. A very rare & unusual George III Tea Caddy made in London in 1780 by Hester Bateman.


The Tea Caddy is oval in form with a beaded base. The sides display two very unusual horizontal bands of engraving depicting foliate motifs in sizes, the first time we have seen this design coming from Hesters workshops. The rear of the the tea caddy is also engraved with a vacant circular cartouche with tied ribbons above and crossed laurel branches below. The front of the tea caddy displays the lock and this example still possesses its original working quatrefoil key. The flat top cover is engraved with a band of twisted rope work, flanked by prick dot bands. The finial is cast and modelled as a sprig from an oak tree with acorns. This piece is in excellent, crisp, condition and is fully marked on the base and with the makers mark and sterling mark on the cover.

Height: 3.5 inches, 8.75cm.

Length: 5 inches, 12.5cm.

Width: 3.6 inches, 9cm.

Weight: 13oz.