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This papier mâché double coaster boat is a delightful rarity. The actual coasters are very shallow and will take standard Georgiaâ decanters.
The inside of the coaster is simply lacquered black, but the outside is decorated in gilt with a band of fruiting vine with leaves and tendrils.
This item has an interesting recent history. We bought it in the early 1970s, and sold it to Asprey's of Bond Street, London, who at the time had an active antique furniture department which also had interesting items to complement the furniture. We were recently contacted from this website by a man offering us the opportunity to buy it. It came in its Asprey box - all the way from Vancouver and has since gone to Australia!