Known as a’cake basket’ commonly used at tea in the UK during Victorin era. A set would include baskets for bread, stands for teapots and bottles, and sets of crumb trays with brushes. Fortunately, a lot of papier mache and tole pieces have survived thanks to their prized status in elegant homes, although loss to decoration is typical. This plate/teacakes basket with gilt bronze grapevine handle was possibly made by Jennens & Bettridge, a decorative design firm run by Theodore Hyla Jennens and John Bettridge between 1816 and 1864. There is a very similar marked J and B piece in the Victoria and Albert Museum in England. This could also be used as a brides basket. My plate has lost some of it’s mother of pearl inlay in the design thanks to the thin pieces and delicate nature and usage of the item over the many many years since it was made. It is unmarked or the makers mark may have worn off over time. Most likely circa pre 1864, exported from England to the US. Please see photos for dimensions color and conditions. The item “Antique English ca 1850 PAPER MACHE cake basket MOP & Ornate gilt brass handle” is in sale since Saturday, December 28, 2013. This item is in the category “Antiques\Periods & Styles\Victorian”. The seller is “oldblackdog” and is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Style: Victorian
- Sub-Style: English
- Maker: English possibly J & B
- Material: Bronze handle
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Type: cake plate/brides basket
- Color: black enamel papier mache w/ MOP inlays