European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Work TableMade in Birmingham, England, Europe
Made by Jennens and Bettridge, Birmingham, England, 1816 - 1864
Painted papier-mâché with mother-of-pearl and gilt decoration (exterior); silk velvet and silk (interior)
2001-152-1125th Anniversary Acquisition. Bequest of Emilie deHellebranth, 2001
LabelTraditionally, papier-mâché (an English term that uses French words - literally "paper-chewed") was molded from pulped paper and glue. But by the middle of the nineteenth century, finer objects, like this table, were made with sheets of paper that were compressed into a mold and heat dried. The surface was then japanned--a process that imitates Asian lacquerware techniques--before being further ornamented.
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