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Chinese Large Mother of Pearl Mounted Armorial Tea Caddy for MacPherson



A rare, incredible and large antique Chinese carved mother of pearl mounted tea caddy with armorial for MacPherson and dating from circa 1770. The rectangular casket shaped caddy has silver metal hinges, lock with original key and side swing carrying handles with a wooden carcass covered in carved mother of pearl panels with intricate scroll work and flowering prunus. The box has carved central cartouche to the cover with an armorial for MacPherson with an inscription reading TOUCH NOT THE CAT BUT A GLOVE the armorial with a central seated cat. The inner box is lined in red velvel with gold braiding and has three partitions for tea canisters. The base has an inset green baise. The box is offered in good condition with minor damage and losses as might be expected for a piece of this age but overall a rare and stunning example.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 5.71 in. (14.5 cm)Width: 9.45 in. (24 cm)Depth: 5.71 in. (14.5 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Repaired: The box is offered in good condition for its age. There may be pieces which have been reattached with some minor loss and damage but overall considering its 250 year old pedigree it has survived well. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Bishop's Stortford, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: ORBN17851stDibs: LU1328220987492

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    Ships From: Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About the Seller
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Located in Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom

This seller offers a thoughtfully curated collection of watches and jewelry from brands like Rolex, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. It also has an extensive array of handbags by Chanel, Hermès and other top fashion houses, as well as exceptional art and design pieces. The firm’s team is passionate about refurbishing and servicing watc...

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