Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (London 1812 - Ramsgate 1852)
The teapoy in early Victorian times was not just a lockable tea caddy on a stand, but often an exquisite piece of decorative art. This one was designed for Janet Kay-Shuttleworth by A.W.N. Pugin, famed for his Gothic Revival interiors at the Palace of Westminster.
Teapoy of inlaid walnut and rosewood, possibly designed by Pugin; the top and front of burr-walnut, inlaid with a flower chain border on the lid and a swirling dog-rose on the front; the rosewood trestle ends carved in relief with the monogram ‘JKS’ for Janet Kay-Shuttleworth; brass lock-plate with pierced foliate edging; the rosewood interior equipped with a central well for a mixing glass between a pair of sunk rectangular tea caddies with hinged lids.
Makers and roles
Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (London 1812 - Ramsgate 1852), furniture designer