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.