The firm of Messrs. Aaron Jennens & T. H. Bettridge (fl. 1815-1864) were reputed for their manufacture of highly skilled papier-mâché wares. Jennens & Bettridge, orginally based in Birmingham, took over Henry Clay's workshops in 1816. They set up a London shop at 3 West Halkin Street, Belgravia in 1837 and opened offices in Paris and New York two years later.
Jennens & Bettridge served as 'Japanners in Ordinary' to George IV and exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition. A pair of vases bearing the brand of Jennens & Bettridge, acquired by Isabella Shepheard, Marchioness of Hertford (d. 1834) for Temple Newsam House, Leeds, was sold by the late Nicholas Meynell, Esq., in these Rooms, 15 April 1999, lot 31.