A lovely Victorian ladies travelling writing slope. The slope is made of lacquered papier-mâché with mother of pearl by the Royal appointed Jennens and Bettridge around 1840.
Papier Mache Writing Slope Mop Inlay Loch Ness Scene Jennens & Bettridge C1840
A fine 19th century papier-mâché lacquered ladies writing slope by Jennens and Bettridge who operated in London between 1815 and 1864. The top of the slope is decorated a painted scene entitled "Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle", which is inlaid with Mother of Pearl overpainted to give the impression of light, dark and depth.
On opening the slope itself is covered in red velvet. The pen box cover which seems to be original bears a label for Austin of Dublin who were probably the retailer. The underside of the box is engraved with the words "Makers to the Queen" and the numbers 1483 and 4183, a crown and Jennens and Bettridge.
Jennens and Bettridge were highly regarded for producing quality papier-mâché wares and in particular for their use of Mother of Pearl inlays after they merged with Henry Clay who had developed expertise in the technique in 1816. Their wares were made for the Royal family by appointment to the crown. Their original premises were in Birmingham but after 1837 also in London and later Paris and New York. We believe this box to be from the 1840s.
Width: 28 cms
Length: 23 cms
Height: 9 cms highest point
Weight: 1740 grams
Condition: Good condition commensurate with age and light/normal usage. Good sound structure. Some crazing to the lacquer and some surface scratches. Some minor paint loss. Hinge works well and it opens and closes cleanly. A good sound attractive Victorian writing slope by the top maker.