New York, East
23 May 2001
A VICTORIAN POLYCHROME-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT PAPIER MACHE LETTER BOX
By Jennens & Bettridge, Circa 1850
The down-curving domed lid with a painted landscape depicting figures in the countryside within floral vinery borders and opening to a paper-lined divided interior, the spreading body painted with gilt floral sprays, stamped JENNENS & BETTRIDGE MAKERS TO THE QUEEN
4in. (10cm.) high, 6¾in. (17cm.) wide, 5in. (12.5cm.) deep
Property of IGC Anderdon Esq., Removed from Henlade House, Henlade Estate, Somerset, Greenslade, Taylor Hunt, 25 March 99, lot 1114.
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Messrs. A. Jennens and T.H. Bettridge were the most celebrated of the Birmingham papier maché manufacturers, who flourished between 1816 and 1864.
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