A Rare Large Chinese Inlaid Pewter Tea Caddy 18thC

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A Rare Large Chinese Inlaid Pewter Tea Caddy 18thC

A Rare Chinese Inlaid Pewter Tea Caddy

Inlaid on one side with a European Double Headed Eagle within an incised lotus scroll

The reverse and sides inlaid with birds among prunus and other plants

The cover with a stork roundel

Chinese 18thC

Height; 7 1/2″ (18.9 cm)

Condition; light wear, mark to side of front

The two headed eagle has been used as a symbol of a powerful empire or state for thousands of years since the Hittite

Various crowned forms holding differing symbols representing different empires, such as the the Russian and Habsburg empires

The uncrowned form used by the Spanish and Holy Roman Empires