This is a great desk accessory for your home; an English Papier Mache letter rack or holder.
It was manufactured in the mid to late 19th Century, and although not marked, is very reminiscent of the work of Jennens and Betridge, the premier manufacturers of this type of ware.
The design is a Renaissance style with bold colors of yellow, red and green. It looks outstanding against the black background.
The piece measures 7" in height and the base measurement is 7" by 3". There is no crazing on the papier mache. There is some very slight wear to the painting. On the back is a circle, probably an old price sticker which I have not removed because I don't want to risk damage to the lacquer. Otherwise, this is in good antique condition and would look wonderful in your home.
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