Antique Chinese Daoguang period Gilt & Black Lacquer Tea Chest rectangular with canted corners on lion paw feet two internal Paktong canisters c 1840
An antique Chinese rectangular-shaped hinge lidded box with canted corners, usually called a tea chest. It has the remnants of gold decoration on a black lacquer ground. It stands on four carved wooden legs shaped like lion paws. The interior has two original engraved and shaped Paktong or pewter tea canisters with lids and covers.
We believe that this antique lacquered wooden storage container dates to the middle part of the 19th century from around 1840 during the Reign of Queen Victoria and the Chinese Qing dynasty and the Daoguang era.
This tea chest or storage caddy measures 5 inches (13 cm) high, 8 inches (20 cm) long and 5 1/2 inches (14 cm) wide. It weighs 1.184 kg unpacked.
It is in fair antique condition box has some cracking and losses of lacquer, there is wear to the gilded decoration. It has been well used. The internal canisters or tea caddies are in good condition. The price takes the condition into consideration. Please see the images.
This is a great looking item of antique Chinese lacquer ware and a very decorative and useful object.