Discovered at a regional valuation day held in Shropshire by Hansons of Etwall, this Tiffany and Co. silver and mixed-media tea caddy had been a wedding gift and had remained in the family of the vendor since the 1920s.
It was perhaps half a century older than that, made c.1878, in
the Japanesque style to a design by Tiffany's artistic director
Edward C. Moore (1827-91).
A similar example with a silver bird and pine branch finial was
sold by Christie's New York in January 2008 for $12,000. But this
caddy sold in Derbyshire was of added interest for the addition of
an ivory netsuke finial of a father with his two children beside a
This was once probably part of the cache of Japanese arts and
crafts purchased by Christopher Dresser, and authorised by Edward
C. Moore, on behalf of Tiffany & Co in 1867-77.
Estimated at £10,000-15,000, it sold to a phone bidder for
£14,000 on June 27.
The buyer's premium was 17.5%.
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