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(On Hold) Vintage English Tôle Tea Tin Lamp Edwardian Period England circa 1910

An attractive tôle (painted metal) vintage English tea tin with the original finish from Edwardian period England circa 1910 now mounted as a lamp. This handsome table lamp has been made from a metal container that was originally used to store tea in a food shop. Before the invention of individual tea bags the only way to purchase tea was in loose leaves sold by weight. Because every person liked their tea a different strength loose tea enabled them to add as much or as little tea needed to make the desired flavour. As tea became less and less expensive to import and the consumption of tea became a national trait quite of ten tea was sold by number. The number on this canister is "6" so easy enough to order half a ppund of Number Six tea to take home. The canister itself is painted metal known by its French name of "tôle". The use of paint sealed the metal on the outside to keep it from oxidizing. The beautiful bottle green colour on this tea tin is accentuated with the application of a series of decoupaged decals in brilliant gilding. It is amusing to see the mixture of motifs-the upper and lower bands feature a design of the famous "Greek Key" and they frame the central scene of a Chinese gentleman in rich robes holding a fully opened fan while the numeral six is encased in a pattern of scrolls. This mixture was commonly seen in mercantile advertising in the late nineteenth and twentieth century where the exotic origins of a product were an asset to its perceived value. The tea tin has been rewired for American electricity and fitted with a three way socket for the bulb. This change in lighting level offers the maximum flexibility in creating a mood in an interior where different tasks may need to be accommodated. The black paper shade that tops the lamp focuses attention on the tea tin itself without distracting from its beauty.

# EEJ136

DIMENSIONS

13.50" w x 13.50" d x 26.00" h

34.29cm w x 34.29cm d x 66.04cm h

An attractive tôle (painted metal) tea tin with the original finish from Edwardian period England c.1910 now mounted as a lamp. This handsome table lamp has been made from a metal container that was originally used to store tea in a food shop. Before the invention of individual tea bags the only way to purchase tea was in loose leaves sold by weight. Because every person liked their tea a different strength loose tea enabled them to add as much or as little tea needed to make the desired flavour. As tea became less and less expensive to import and the consumption of tea became a national trait quite of ten tea was sold by number. The number on this canister is "6" so easy enough to order half a ppund of Number Six tea to take home. The canister itself is painted metal known by its french name of "tôle". The use of paint sealed the metal on the outside to keep it from oxidizing. The beautiful bottle green colour on this tea tin is accentuated with the application of a series of decoupaged decals in brilliant gilding. It is amusing to see the mixture of motifs-the upper and lower bands feature a design of the famous "Greek Key" and they frame the central scene of a Chinese gentleman in rich robes holding a fully opened fan while the numeral six is encased in a pattern of scrolls. This mixture was commonly seen in mercantile advertising in the late nineteenth and twentieth century where the exotic origins of a product were an asset to its perceived value. The tea tin has been rewired for American electricity and fitted with a three way socket for the bulb. This change in lighting level offers the maximum flexibility in creating a mood in an interior where different tasks may need to be accommodated. The black paper shade that tops the lamp focuses attention on the tea tin itself without distracting from its beauty.