This wonderfully decorative green papier mâché handled basket tray dates to the early 19th century, circa 1830, not to be confused with the later Victorian black versions. It is offered in a most delicious and very rare shade of green; it simply exudes the grandeur of the early 19th century French country chateau.
To the centre of the dish we find a large hand-painted floral scene, the edges of the tray feature a gold border with flowers and foliage. The dish has an ornate bronze handle; we particularly like the two leaves to the centre.
Measuring: Diameter 9 7/8 inch (25 cm) by height 0.5 inch (2 cm).
Condition: Beautiful but showing its age. There is some stable cracking to the surface of the papier mâché. There is a 1 inch chip to the reverse edge of the dish and some minor chips where the handle joins. One of the bronze handle terminals is an old replacement.
This is a wonderfully decorative item that will display perfectly in a modern or period interior.
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