This beautiful British Tea Tray is so very decorative, I just love Victorian beaded embroideries! Trays like this were used when serving afternoon tea, and tea was an everyday affair, so these were hardworking pieces in the English home of the period. Today pieces like this are lovely on a dresser, hung on a wall. or even as a platform for some other treasure - you'll think of something.
The elegant quatrefoil shape is defined by a graceful and deeply carved molding and stands on small bun feet. The bottom was crafted from a solid plank of beautifully grained wood, boxwood I think since the carving is so crisp and the grain quite fine. And the beading is intricate with the roses and flourishes described in subtle ombre tones. The screws have hand cut slots which means this is an early piece. Dates from 1875 or so.
CONDITION is excellent. This tray was used and loved, but remains basically complete and intact with only a few missing beads, but no loose or raveling threads; and there is a small age check at the center of the knot on the bottom. Measures 11" x 21" long and stands about 2" tall.
These old Victorian trays are getting harder and harder to find. It's wonderful to see a great old piece like this which has been used, loved, and cared for. Enjoy!