Regency Papier Mâché Dish
A fine and rare Regency lacquer papier-mâché dish by Henry Clay of King street Covent Garden with japanned gilt decorative leaves and flowers. The base stamped ‘CLAY 18 KING STREET, COVT GARDEN’, the tray was made by manufacturers Clay & Company (1770-1860). English, circa 1820.
In 1772 Henry Clay patented a durable form of papier-mâché known as a ‘heat-resisting paperware’ which could be carved, cut and lacquered like wood or metal, with the added advantage that it was lightweight and did not warp, making it ideal for japanned decoration.
DimensionsMax Width: 350mm / 13¾"
Max Depth: 220mm / 8 ¾"
Max Height: 90mm / 3 ½"