Painted Tole Tray

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One of the most stunning pieces of art are the trays that were popular in the 1940’s.  These beautiful metal trays are often referred to “toleware.” They are always made of metal, and often you see these classic trays painted with a black background with a colorful enameled picture decoratively painted.  Many popular versions of tole trays feature elebrate floral pictures, with gold details.  Emerged around the 18th century, they were common primarily among Scandinavian immigrants in New England.

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