Offering for sale a rare and wonderful antique English papier mache folding wall shelf. This one features black background with hand painted flowers; pink and white peony blossoms on one side and white with yellow blossoms on the other side. The center support section also has the matching painted motif on each side, what a nice touch ! Even more wonderful, each side features a beautiful hand painted bird, a real treasure for collectors. The shelf folds flat for storage or transport, and unfolds to a deep shelf with gently scalloped edges, a lovely shield shape on the back and graceful pointed scallops on the center support. The support has the original hardware hook, the metal loop under the shelf, probably a replacement loop. Other hinges in good working condition as well. Each side has a hanging hole. The shelf unfolded measures 13 & 3/4" across, and 10 & 7/8" tall from shelf top to bottom of support. There is a small ding with minimal missing are on shelf back right side, signs of some old repair or at least repaint on the hinged area on the center support white flower side, possible minor repainting at the hanging hole on the pink flower side. No major repairs, no cracks, mild age crazing on the surface,, overall very lovely condition. Very mild paint wear mostly on the pink flowers. A rare and wonderful treasure for paper mache collectors and especially bird art collectors. Circa 1890 or earlier, from England, and beautiful.
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