Victorian Painted Papier-mâchés Tea Caddy.
A rare and superb example of a Jennens and Bettridge Victorian beautifully painted papier-mâché tea caddy dating back to c.1840.
The tea caddy features twin papier-mâché lids with mother of pearl handles. We have relined the back of the inside lid with handcrafted marble paper.
Unfortunately the key is just for decoration and doesn’t work the lock.
Superb original condition and quality measuring 16×10 and stands 10cm high.
Jennens and Bettridge were highly regarded for producing quality papier-mâché wares. They acquired the workshops of Henry Clay, Japanner to George III and the Prince of Wales, in 1816. Their original premises were in Birmingham and they started a London branch at 3 West Halkin Street, Belgravia in 1837.