This lovely hand painted Victorian tilt top table is actually made of paper mache’. Paper mache’ articles were extremely popular in the early Victorian period. In that time, paper mache’ was constructed of shredded rags combined with glue and baked. The result was a sturdy, light weight material that could be carved and sawn. They were always lacquered and decorated with hand paintings and often times, mother-of-pearl. This stand has a scalloped oval top with an original hand painted scene. There appears to be a young girl with handfuls of flowers and a younger boy with a basket of chicks, possibly coming to or from a market. Below the children, there are the words “May Day”. Their expressions and clothing detail are delightful. The top is designed to tilt and set upright when not in use. The top is hinged and locks into place when laid down. The turned ebonized pedestal and scalloped base have a subtle and warm hand painted design as well. It is amazing that Victorian paper mache’ items even survive. The stand is quite sturdy but has some wear and minor losses, which is to be expected. The painted top and frame is in very good to excellent condition. What a sweet stand to decorate your home and to serve your afternoon teas! 28"h X 27"w X 21"d, Condition: Very Good, Circa: 1860's.
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