High quality papier mache blotter produced as a souvenir or commemorative piece for the great London exposition of 1862. Sponsored by the Royal Society of Arts, manufacturers and Trade, The London International Exhibition of 1862 was an early example of a 'World Fair'. It featured over 28,000 exhibitors from 36 countries and ran from 1 May to 1 November 1862 attracting 6.1 million visitors. Decorated with hand painted flowers, trailing gilt scrolls, shell inlaid leaves and flowers and a central inset coloured lithographic view, under glass, of the building. The lithograph depicts the west front of the exhibition building with figures and carriages in the foreground. Minute pieces of shell and gold paint are set into some of the windows to reflect light when the blotter is held to light. The view is titled 'The International exhibition of 1862 - West Front.' Although unsigned the beauty of the design and quality of workmanship mar this out as a product of one of the high end papier mache goods manufacturers. The original blotting paper carries the watermark of Ford Mill. Condition: Very good. The original inner lining paper is still present however has split on the spine. Several original sheets of blotting paper are present although detached and with several tears. Both boards still firmly attached to the spine. Small chips to three of the corners and some minor rubbing, scuff marks to the back. Displays very well. Please see all pictures. Size: 9" tall X 6" wide (closed) 9" tall X 12" wide (open).
It is rare to find such an item that can be dated to a particular year and as such is always a significant addition to a collection, providing as it does a reference point with regard to style/type of decoration and workmanship.