Chinese Tea Merchants Tea Chest


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+44 (0)7831 561042


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  • €1,568 Euro
  • $1,906 US Dollar

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Chinese Tea Merchants Tea Chest

Mid 19th century Chinese Tea Merchant's Tea Chest, fluently decorated with black ink, the method being developed in England and America during the eighteenth century as 'penwork'. Chests such as this were packed by the tea producers, carried to the shippers, and then by Tea Clipper to The West.
Dating from the middle of the 19th century, this chest measures w:17.75 in x d:13 in x h:15.25 in
By the middle of the 19th century informal races were taking part as ships vied with each other to bring the season's new crop of leaves to market each year. In 1866 the greatest clipper race took place when ten clippers set sail from Fouchow for London. So finely tuned were the Tea Clippers of their day, and the crews that sailed them, that the three leaders arrived within two hours of each other. After 99 days at sea and 15,800 miles negotiating the China Sea, Indian Ocean, the Cape of Good Hope and The Azores, Taeping docked in London just 28 minutes before Ariel and an hour and a half before Serica. So close together were the front two finishers that the race was declared a tie and the prize, or 'premium' was shared.


19th Century

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111 Portobello Road,
W11 2DY
United Kingdom


Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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