A beautiful early 19th century regency style English lacquered papier mache tray by the maker Henry Clay. The tray has a beautiful gilt pattern bordering the tray while being contrasted by the black lacquer. The sturdy black wooden stand that it lays on is a was made later.
Papier Mache History
Papier mache means "chewed paper" & is an ancient technique thought to have been invented by the Chinese. It became popular in Britain during the 18th Century when the term was first coined in English (whereas in French the term was not recognized until the 20th century.) At first it was used in pulp form for architectural moldings and frames. As technology progressed a technique of moulding laminated sheets
of paper was developed. The durable waterproof nature of this material meant it could be used for anything from trays, boxes and screens to chairs, pianos and even carriages.
This tray was made by the Birmingham and London Manufacturers Clay & Company (1770- 1860). In 1772 Henry Clay patented a durable form of papier mache known as a "heat resisting paperware". It could be carved cut and lacquered like wood or metal, with the added advantage that it was lightweight and did not warp.
Tray Height: 1 1/2" Tray Width: 28"
Stand Height: 17 1/2"
Stand Width: 28"
Stand Depth: 20"
Item is in great age related condition. Has craquelure throughout.
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