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This tray was made by the Birmingham and London manufacturers Clay & Company (1770-1860). In 1772 Henry Clay patented a durable form of papier-mâché 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. Such a stable material was ideal as a support for japanned decoration as used on this tray.
|Height||61.00 cm||(24.02 inches)|
|Width||46.00 cm||(18.11 inches)|
Wick Antiques Ltd
Unit 2, Riverside Business Park