Description: stamped CLAY KING ST COVENT GARDEN, on a later stand, together with a Victorian chinoiserie gilt and black papier-mâché tray by Jennens & Bettridge of Birmingham, mid 19th century, the reverse stamped JENNENS & BETTRIDGE BIRMm beneath a crown and a Regency gilt and black papier-mâché pen tray and a George II carved mahogany pie-crust tray
Dimensions: the Jennens & Bettridge tray 49cm. wide, 37cm. deep; 1ft. 7¼in., 1ft. 2 1/2 in.; the Clay tray-on-stand 47cm. high, 78cm. wide, 56.5cm. deep; 1ft. 6½in., 2ft. 6¾in., 1ft. 10¼in. the pie crust: 47cm. wide, 48cm. deep
Condition Report: Jennens & Bettridge tray: Rubbing to some gilt decoration, with old marks from age and use. Generally in stable condition with a repaired break and filler to the edge. Some re-touching. Stand probably modern and in good order. The pen tray with lifting to the interior, very decorative Clay tray: In very good conserved condition. With some very minor losses to the gilding and signs of re-touching. The mahogany tray appears good and the evidence point to this being conceived as tray and not an adapted table top. An attractive group lot which represents good value.
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Literature: The tray by Henry Clay illustrated Christopher Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, p. 143, fig. 209.
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