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Bakelite Folding Cake Stand


A rare 1920s 3-tier floor-standing Bakelite cake table. This unique table is in a rich, chocolate Bakelite brown, is in stunning condition - and it folds and opens effortlessly.

Bakelite was the new modern material of the 1930s and was usually applied to contemporary designs; however here it has been press-moulded to make a more traditional style cake stand, mimicking those of Edwardian design. This cake stand demonstrates the experimentation that was taking place in the brave new world of the early twentieth century, as it embraced its new-found love: plastic.  

This item has been recently purchased from an important private Bakelite collection.

History of Bakelite

In 1909, Belgian chemist Leo Baekland created the first entirely synthetic plastic, calling it Bakelite. Its properties were revolutionary for it was resistant to heat and didn’t conduct electricity, making it really good insulator, and therefore particularly useful to the automotive and electrical industries emerging at the time. Lightweight and durable; sleek and stylish; affordable and convenient; it could also be moulded into every shape imaginable; and the 1920s and 30s saw Bakelite embrace modernism, where it was used in jewelry, lamps, desk sets, clocks, radios, telephones, kitchenware, and all manner of everyday objects - such as this wonderful 1920s cake stand.

Country of origin: UK

Date: c.1920

Material: Light anodised aluminium uprights with Bakelite handle, feet and plate stands

Dimensions: Height 93.5cm  Diameter 26cm  Diameter including feet 28.5cm

Condition: excellent 


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