Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory tea caddy. Overall decorated with florals and both sidrs with an Akonost (bird of paradise) and edges with gilt trim. Based marked under glaze with the cypher of Tsar Nicholas II and dated 1914
Tea & sugar were both mostly import items in the 18th Century and would literally be locked away in caddies like this, along with silver, porcelain, & glassware in more affluent homes, because of their value. Most were kept in "butler pantries" of which only the butler or owners may have the key. Sometimes butlers would literally sleep or have their office set up in the pantry as well.
James Shruder Tea Kettle 1749. His tea-kettle and coffee pot above made as a set by Shruder clearly show the same kind of characteristics of the Maynard Master. Much of the decoration is taken from ornamental engravings by the celebrated French designer Jacques de Lajoue (1686-1761). The sea-horse is from his Second livre de cartouches, published in Paris in 1734