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Pierre Gillois. An extremely fine early George III Tea Canister made in London in 1762 by Pierre Gillois.


The Caddy has a rectangular, baluster, form and stands on four scroll feet. The sides are decorated with beautiful raying shells, vertical flutes and trailing floral and foliate designs. The front of the main body is engraved with a contemporary Armorial surrounded by a Rococo scroll cartouche. The pull off cover has a gadrooned rim and is decorated with the same floral designs as seen on the main body. The cover also terminates in a squirrel finial. The Caddy is in quite excellent condition and is fully marked on the base and with the makers mark and sterling mark on the cover.

The Arms are those of the Crowe Family of Bilney, County Norfolk, granted in 1614 to Christopher Crowe. The Arms imaple those of the Dannet family of London, Walsthorpe and Elmbridge in Worcestershire.

Gillois was obviously of Huguenot descent and Grimwade states in London Goldsmiths 1697-1837 that he was a specialist Caddy and Sugar Box maker of delicate Rococo flavour.

Height: 5.5 inches, 13.75cm.

Length: 3.75 inches, 9.38cm.

Width: 3.45 inches, 8.63cm.

Weight: 10oz.