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.