A beautiful, very large, late Victorian metal toleware tray with a wonderful rustic, boho patina. We love the distressed and timeworn look of this tray. There are small patches of paint missing, it has a couple of small dents and the original varnish is very worn across the whole piece which has produced a beautiful patina. A stylish and elegant tray which would be great hung as a piece of art, on a coffee table to display your favourite pieces, as a decorative backdrop to a table display or it could still be used as a tray.
The tray was painted black and gilded with large fleur-de-lis; a style which imitates the imported Chinese and Japanese lacquer wares that were popular in 18th century Britain. These pieces were highly coveted but difficult to obtain so a varnishing process was developed in the UK to recreate this look. The process was known as 'Japanning' because it resembled the lacquer on Japanese trays. It almost always featured stencilling and gilding on a black background as can be seen here. The tray measures:
L71cm x W52cm x D2cm