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Mother-of-pearl, or the iridescent lining of the mollusc shell, features as our #materialofthemonth and on the surface of this octagonal tea caddy, made in England in the early 19th century. Used by the Ancient Egyptians and countless civilisations since, mother-of-pearl has maintained its decorative appeal and was especially popular as inlay for wood furniture and for decorating small, domestic objects. The caddys mother-of-pearl veneers are engraved with grape vines, sea shells and acanthus leaves, while the initials WGS allude to the caddys original owner.

Mother-of-pearl, or the iridescent lining of the mollusc shell, features as our #materialofthemonth and on the surface of this octagonal tea caddy, made in England in the early 19th century. Used by the Ancient Egyptians and countless civilisations since, mother-of-pearl has maintained its decorative appeal and was especially popular as inlay for wood furniture and for decorating small, domestic objects. The caddy's mother-of-pearl veneers are engraved with grape vines, sea shells and acanthus leaves, while the initials WGS allude to the caddy's original owner. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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