England, c1815 /  “Clay, King St., Covent Garden”




The rounded rectangular claret papier-mâché tray with a plain central surface surrounded by a galleried surround

decorated on both sides with varying gilt floral clusters, in cooler 18K and warmer 22K leaf,

the verso impressed "Clay, King St., Covt. Garden,"

the later faux bamboo and gilt stand with stretchers, and impressed "H. Plomer"


Note : Henry Clay of Birmingham set up his papier-mâché business in 1772 when he took out a patent for a 'new

Improved Paper ware'. In about 1785, he moved his business to 18 King Street, Covent Garden and started

to receive commissions from members of the aristocracy such as the Dukes of Bedford and Northumberland,

Robert Child of Osterley and Baron Scarsdale of Kedleston. He was also patronized by members of the Royal Family.

 Clay specialized in small articles such as trays, tea caddies, knife boxes and dressing cases japanned and painted with

romantic landscapes, classical and chinoiserie subjects. The King Street business continued until 1822.

Some of his trays are displayed in a collection at the Victoria Albert Museum in London.


Condition : Excellent with mellow rich color and patina


19.25” High x 26.5” Wide x 19” Deep




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Regemcy Papier Mache Tray Mounted on Stand, c1815, "Clay, King Street Covent Garden"