Early 19th Century Regency Period Chinoiserie Lacquered Tray on Stand

Early 19th Century Regency Period Chinoiserie Lacquered Tray on Stand
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Early 19th Century Regency Period Chinoiserie Lacquered Tray on Stand

England
1820
The grand-sized Regency black & gilt japanned tray is decorated with gilt chinoiserie and brightly coloured figures set in exotic landscapes. The tray has a modern glass top that we have had made to preserve the lacquerwork. The x-frame stand is probably the original blackened one but is naturally not the main event. It is untouched and in country house condition. It does compliment the beautiful tray.

We have had a piece of toughened glass made to sit in the tray so that to can be used.
H 92.00cm (36.22 inches) W 83.00cm (32.68 inches) D 60.00cm (23.62 inches)
Item to be Exhibited
Stock No: F1023

Literature

Papier-Mâché Trays

Around 1725 in Europe, papier-mâché began to appear as an alternative to plaster or carved wood. Henry Clay of Birmingham, England, patented a process for treating laminated sheets of paper with linseed oil to produce waterproof panels in 1772. These sheets were used for building coach door panels, amongst other uses. Theodore Jennens patented a process for steaming and pressing these laminated sheets into various shapes, which were then used to manufacture chairs, tables, boxes, ink stands, trays etc. The papier-mâché was then smoothed and lacquered.

The revival of interest in exotic chinoiserie in the English Regency period produced some exquisite papier-mâché trays, the best of which appeared between 1800 – 1820.
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