|Project by mauibob||posted 04-19-2016 11:41 AM||805 views||6 times favorited||13 comments|
I’ve always loved the George III period 18th century tea caddy design. While the marquetry on most of these caddies was relatively simple—shells, fan inlays, flowers & leaves, perhaps a bird or two—they were beautiful in their understated simplicity.
I was recently asked to give a short presentation on marquetry to a women’s auxiliary club. For the occasion, I wanted to make some simple marquetry boxes and, of course, the tea caddy came to mind. Unfortunately, in the 18th century, tea caddies were used to hold loose tea leaves—a very precious commodity in those days—often kept under lock and key to keep away from the servants. The tea bag was yet to be invented (the first tea bag patent was issued in 1903, and consisted of hand sewn fabric bags).
Today, tea bags are ubiquitous, and no one keeps their tea under lock and key! So, these caddies were designed to hold tea bags in two individual compartments. I selected a variety of woods and veneers to provide a bit of a sampling. Veneers used included: maple burl, rosewood, dyed koto, holly, aspen, mahogany and imbuya burl. Solid woods (for the box itself) included (clockwise from top left): Western big leaf maple, curly maple, Chechen rosewood, and Brazilian rosewood.
Inspiration for the marquetry designs came from Rob Millard and Luke Addington.
Dimensions are roughly 3 5/8” D x 6 3/8” W x 3 3/4” H.
-- Bob, Potomac, MD