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5196 A Very Fine Pair of Papier Mache Coasters

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These are not just very fine coasters, they are also in excellent condition with minimal degradation to the decoration.

Straight-sided coasters in papier mâché were very popular in the last decade of the 18th century and the opening years of the 19th.  Many have 'chinoiserie decoration, but very few indeed are to the quality of these, which bear close comparison with 3038 (under the archive section of this site).

Each coaster has a vignette of an oriental 'pavilion' depicted in gilt  and on a rocky outcrop and repeated four times around the outside.  Around the pavilions are not-to-scale flowers and buds with ferns and foliage in shades of deep olive green.   There are also flocks of geese or ducks flying by! 

As normal and to be expected, there is a little degradation of the inside surface, but it is all intact and considerably less damaged than most.

Currently there is no baize attached to the undersides of these coasters, but we can easily put some on at no extra cost.

Date: c.1800

Dimensions: 5.1", 13.1 cm. diameter

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