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

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


circa 1805

The shapely and finely decorated black papier-mâché tray with chinoiserie decoration is supported on a later ebonized faux-bamboo stand and can be easily detached. The gilt lacquer chinoiserie decoration is of the highest quality and depicts the Far East and China's landscape of buildings and bustling people. In the centre of the tray there is a magnificent oriental palace in a lake surrounded by pavilions, boats and costumed courtesans with their acolytes, heightened in gilt with green and red reserves. A night time firework display features in the left margin. Of special significance is the Guanyin in the crescent moon which is a rare subject in this context. 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.


Height 51.00cm (20.08 inches)

Width 80.00cm (31.5 inches)

Depth 61.00cm (24.02 inches)

Stock No: F897


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