This object is currently on display in room 206 as part of The Virtue in Vice. There are 2 other images of this object. This object has no known copyright, and as such we offer a high-resolution image of it. See our image rights statement.

 

See more objects with the tag architecture, building, display, exhibition, model, historicism.

See more objects with the color darkslategrey darkolivegreen sienna or see all the colors for this object.

Object Timeline

2012

2013

  • We acquired this object.

2017

House Model Tea Caddy, ca. 1870

This is a tea caddy. It is dated ca. 1870 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is various woods. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This house-form tea caddy represents the increasingly broad market for tea in 19th-century England combined with the fashion for medieval and Tudor architecture. Some of this architecture was called Shavian Queen Anne, so named for Richard Norman Shaw, the architect who popularized larger houses that blended Tudor and other later elements. The style, however, had little to do with early 18th-century Queen Anne architecture, but rather brought 19th-century scale to historic styles. The half-timbered style was used by Liberty and Company, a purveyor of many tea accessories, for its Regent Street shop during this era.
The tea caddy house has a roof that lifts to reveal two compartments for tea, a common practice in more elegant 18th-century tea caddies in England. This enabled the owner to show the sophistication of having two types of tea and combining them to taste or time of day. The glass bowl inside was for mixing the teas and is original. While tea had been a very expensive import during the 18th century, increased trade by the East India Company and increased wealth in Britain due to both the industrial revolution and trade enabled a broad spectrum of people to enjoy tea in the 19th century.
This model is one of a group of models proposed for acquisition. Models are an important part of the design process, and demonstrate craftsmanship, skill of execution, and the innovative use of materials. The group under consideration would provide the museum with an opportunity to examine the role of the model in many contexts.

This object was donated by Eugene V. Thaw and Clare E. Thaw. It is credited Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw.

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Tea Caddy (England), 1901
  • rolled, cast and chased silver.
  • Gift of Gerald G. Stiebel and Penelope Hunter-Stiebel.
  • 2013-49-30

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 30.5 x 34.3 x 31.8 cm (12 in. x 13 1/2 in. x 12 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

House Model Tea Caddy, ca. 1870; England; various woods; H x W x D: 30.5 x 34.3 x 31.8 cm (12 in. x 13 1/2 in. x 12 1/2 in.); Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw; 2013-3-6-a/f

This object may be subject to Copyright or other restrictions.

You are welcome to make fair use of this image under U.S. Copyright law and in compliance with our terms of use. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/35460537/ |title=House Model Tea Caddy, ca. 1870 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=16 December 2017 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

If you would like to tell us more about an object or have found an error in an object record, please let us know!