A beautiful large Victorian papier-mâché tray with retailers stamp to the base for John Joseph Mechi, 112 Regent Street, London, Circa 1880s. Tooled with gold and multi-coloured flowers and garlands, this large serving tray is in superb condition for it’s age, with no crazing to the black paint and only mild wear to the gold tooling and flowers.
Alderman John Joseph Mechi (1802–1880) was a silversmith, banker, inventor and Alderman of the City of London. A natural entrepreneur, he made and lost a fortune and experimented with new farming methods on his estate at Tiptree in Essex, rising to become an Alderman. His illustrious premises at 112 Regent Street, London, went on to house Goldsmith’s & Silversmiths Company, followed by Garrard, The Crown Jewellery in the 20th Century.