Papier Mâché Oval Bread Basket

 by Henry Clay c.1790/1800 English  

Dimensions: handle-to-handle:36cm.  £575

 

Henry Clay patented a method of making stable and durable Papier Mâché in Birmingham in 1772.  This was by compressing layers of paper and covering them with linseed oil.  He was 'Jappaner' to the King, (both George III and Prince of Wales). This piece is stamped, 'CLAY' to the base. Clay sold his business in 1815 to Aaron Jennens & T.H. Bettridge; the famous Jennens & Bettridge partnership.

 

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