In good overall condition
A rare bonheur du jour of papier-mâché, gilt and decorated with arcadian landscapes and gallant scenes. The doors with sous-verres depict stretches of gardens.
Condition: overall good; one door with damages, see photos.
Dimensions: 51.18x29.92x22.44 inches (30x76x57 cm).
Delivery and transportation conditions to be agreed upon.
Jennens & Bettridge, the most famous firm of papier-mâché manufacturers, was founded in 1815 when it took over the works of Small & Son, Guest, Chopping & Bill, who had in turn succeeded to the factory of Henry Clay. Early production consisted mainly of trays, chiefly decorated by Joseph Booth, who was known for his "exquisite imitations of Chinese and Japanese ornaments."
An example of the latter was produced for the Prince Regent in 1824. The papier-mâché term is actually a misnomer when applied to the work of Jennens & Bettridge, since their pieces were produced using laminated sheets of paper, rather than pulp. This method permitted to give greater durability for a vulnerable material and also allowed a greater surface polishing. One of the firm's most marked contributions to the industry has been given in 1825, when methods for preparing pearl-shell suitable in the in japanned products, devised by an employee, George Souter, were patented. In fact, when the patent was issued, the firm were already describing themselves as "Japanners in Ordinary to His Majesty".
It is said that, at the height of their success, Jennens & Bettridge employed no less than sixty men as full-time decorators, most of whom were trained in schools of design from Birmingham or London. The firm presented at all major provincial and international exhibitions, winning many medals and awards, including the Gold Isis Medal for their decorated table shown at the 3rd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Arts held in London in 1849. In the same year, they supplied a suite of furniture for Queen Isabel II of Spain, part of which was a very similar pair, although smaller, of sofas which still exists (see Phillips, London, 26 November 1996, lot 228, for a pair of sofas assumed as the ones that were supplied to the Spanish Queen). The 1849 exhibition appears to have been a turn point for the more prestigious Great Exhibition of 1851, where the firm was the only papier-mâché manufacturer to be awarded a medal in its class. After opening offices in New York and Paris, late in the 1850s, the firm has closed in 1864 after the Mr Jennens death and at a time when the industry was falling under the shadow of newer more competitive materials.
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