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Papier Mâché Dish or Bread Basket

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1967F1501
Collection:Social History
Date:1781 - 1802

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Henry Clay - View biography for Henry Clay


The commercial production of papier mâché objects, such as this dish, began in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. They were constructed using a patented process of building up layers of paper that were pasted onto a wooden or metal base, each layer being polished and smoothed to give an even surface. The dish would have been painted with black lacquer and hand decorated.

Purchased from Paul Smith.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century or 19th century
Material(s):Papier mâché
Place of Origin:Birmingham, England


Height:39 cm
Width:18.6 cm
Depth:6.1 cm