Regency Papier Mâché Tray
Regency Papier Mâché Tray
Regency Papier Mâché Tray
Regency Papier Mâché Tray
Regency Papier Mâché Tray
Regency Papier Mâché Tray

Regency Papier Mâché Tray

1815 to 1825 England

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Possibly by Dyson & Benson of Clerkenwell

With, unusually, a white centre ground. With straight sides, a gold leaf border, and floral decorative Chinese peonies. With a later metal painted stand.

See ‘Japanned papier mache and tinware 1740-1940’ by Yvonne Jones.

Dyson & Benson: The manufactory at 202 St John’s Street was established by Joseph Benson in 1803. Christopher Gilbert notes that Dyson & Benson were: ‘[l]isted in directories 1804-18 as ‘Royal Japan Manufactory’, 202 St John’s Street, Clerkenwell; after 1812 the number changed to 132.’ (Christopher Gilbert, ‘The Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, 1700-1840’ (The Furniture History Society and W.S. Maney and Son Ltd, Leeds, 1996), p. 26). Gilbert illustrates a papier-mâché japanned tray by Dyson & Benson in figure 304, p.185.

However, Dyson & Benson were listed in ‘Kent’s Original London Directory: 1823.’: ‘Dyson & Benson, japan manufactory, 202, St. John’s street.’, which suggests that they may have continued to use these premises after 1812 (‘Kent’s Original London Directory: 1823. Being An Alphabetical List of more than 18,000 Merchants & Traders of London’, Henry-Kent Causton, 1823, p.106). The Sun Insurance policy which Joseph Benson took out on 11th May 1805 for £3,000 included £2,000 worth of utensils in the painting workshop (Geoffrey Beard and Christopher Gilbert (eds), ‘Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840’, The Furniture History Society and W.S. Maney and Son Ltd, 1986, p.263). In 1823, Dyson & Benson’s ‘Japan Tin and Paper Tray Manufactory’ closed due to bankruptcy. The inventory of the bankruptcy sale included: ‘highly finished Salvers, Trays and Waiters, in Sizes’.
Dimensions
Width 26.25 cm (10.33 inches)
Depth 20.50 cm (8.07 inches)
Stock Code
6494
Medium
Papier Mâché, With a later metal painted stand.
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