Silversmith: William Cafe
H: 11 cm; W: 9.5 cm; D: 8 cm
Gift of David Berg, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, In memory of his mother Ida Berg
Accession number: B90.0508
A George II/III silver tea caddy by William Cafe, London, 1760, engraved with the armorials of Robert Clive, Baron Clive of Plessy, Co. Clare.
Although of simple form, the body of this tea caddy acts as a perfect foil for the crisp and sinuous engraving in the rococo manner which embellishes the straight lines. It is also notable for its historical interest, bearing the arms of Clive of India to whom, as one of the Generals of the Honourable East India Company, and later governor of Calcutta, England owes the establishment of her dominance in India in the 18th century.
The Eighteenth Century English Dining Room, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir