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Papier Mâché Chair

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1999E35
Collection:Social History - Sheldon Collection
Date:1870 c - 1890 c

Maker Information

Attributed to:Ebenezer Sheldon - View biography for Ebenezer Sheldon


The commercial production of papier mâché objects 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 object would have been painted with black lacquer and hand decorated. Papiermâché was strong enough to be used for furniture such as this chair.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Material(s):Mother of pearl
Place of Origin:Birmingham, England