• Item: Drinks trays
• Circa: 1840
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: England, UK
• Papier Mâché construction
• Rectangular shape
• Raised escalloped border
• Depicts traditional Oriental scene
• Gilt painted border decoration & scenery
• Mother-of-pearl inlay
• Ideal for drinks trays / decorative display
• Stunning craftsmanship
• Completely original
• Exceptional quality
• Good original condition
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14 days UK returns policy
This is a fine quality antique English set of three graduated Victorian papier mâché trays, in the chinoiserie manner, inlaid with mother of pearl, circa 1840, in good original condition. The trays are constructed of papier mâché, decorated in the style of chinoiserie, which was fashionable at the time. The rectangular trays are decorated with a finely gilded motifs, with a raised escalloped border, encompassing a painted traditional oriental scene, which incorporates profuse mother-of-pearl inlay. The detail in the painted gilt work craftsmanship is stunning. These trays are very decorative. Ideal for use as either drink’s trays or for decorative display around the home. They are solid and ready-to-use.
This item would look superb in a variety of rooms from the living or dining room. The trays would certainly grace any home or office and would be a great investment, as they are extremely functional. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own such a lovely piece.
Large Tray Dimensions:
Width = 80.6cm or 31¾” or 2ft 7¾”
Depth = 62.2cm or 24½” or 2ft ½”
Medium Tray Dimensions:
Width = 63.4cm or 25” or 2ft 1”
Depth = 49.3cm or 19½” or 1ft 7½”
Small Tray Dimensions:
Width = 42cm or 16½” or 1ft 4½”
Depth = 33.8cm or 13⅜” or 1ft 1⅜”
The drinks trays are in good original condition. Minor old use marks, scuffs, scratches and general ageing to the finish are present to the trays; they have evidently been used over their many years of service (please see photos), but nothing significant considering their age. However, they remain very attractive rare pieces and are perfectly usable. There are no splits to the trays. The detail in the painted gilt work and mother-of-pearl inlay is intact and shows that the craftsmanship is second to none. They are solid in joint and ready to use.
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