Pair Chinoiserie Painted, Gilded Octagonal Trays, Edwardian Period England c. 1910
A rare and unique pair of painted wood trays each of octagon shape embellished with a different gilded Chinoiserie design from Edwardian period England c. 1910 now placed on custom stands. These trays were originally used for serving dessert, coffee and tea and retain a paper label on the reverse side of one try identifying it as belonging to Lodge Hill House in Sheringham, Norfolk. Each of the trays have a piercing through the timber that provide hand holds for easy transport while serving anywhere inside or outside the house. Both trays have a handsome profile with a rounded upper and lower border that contains a recessed solid panel in between the edges. Because the trays were meant to be seen from any direction they are fully painted on the outer and inner surfaces. The vertical rims are adorned with vibrant gilded calligraphy. Please use the zoom feature offered on our website to see the distinctively different scenes in gilding in the interior of each tray. While they both depict Chinese figures in a landscape each scene is set with enchanting architectural embellishments and feature one couple strolling in the setting while the other couple is seated at a table. Both scenes include sweeping willow trees whose elegant lines were familiar to the English ever since the introduction of the Blue Willow pattern seen on English ironstone in the late eighteenth century. Because of the angular shape of the trays the stands were designed in a complementary fashion with straight tapered legs joined by an "X" shaped stretcher that provides structural support while being visually pleasing. The tray stands have also been hand painted and complete the ensemble. The elegant size of these trays and the height of the stands ensure their easy use as side tables placed at either end of a sofa or as a pair of tables placed in front of a sofa as matching coffee table. No matter where they are placed in an interior their unusual colour and design ensure they will be a notable element in the design of a room.
DIAMETER: 18 in | HEIGHT: 24 in
Shipping Estimate: $350 | White glove
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