Learn about Jennens & Bettridge

The company of Jennens & Bettridge, in operation from around 1815 to 1864 were the pre-eminent manufacturers of papier mache wares, such as writing boxes, trays, fans and furniture such as chairs and small tables. Their wares usually featured painted decoration and was sometimes inlaid with mother of pearl, a process which the company invented and patented. They were based in Birmingham, but opened a branches in London and Paris. Jennens & Bettridge were appointed Papier Mache Manufacturers to King George IV, William IV, and Prince Albert, and exhibited a variety of wares at the Great Exhibition in 1851. Most papier mache objects are unmarked, but those of Jennens & Bettridge are usually stamped with the company name inpressed to the underside.
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A fine quality ebonized papier-mache chess table, with impressed maker's mark of the famous firm of Jennens and Bettridge Birmingham (1815-1864). Gothic style with a cylindrical column on a shaped plinth. Provenance: Ainger Auctions Melbourne. Height 69 cm