Marquetry writing slope box

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Antique writing Box with marquetry in rosewood and bird's eye maple

Circa 1840


A superb and in wonderful condition, antique writing box / lap desk, the top and front decorated with marquetry in contrasting maple and birds eye rosewood depicting stylized themes from nature.

The marquetry has a glass like sheen. There are no flaws nor marks upon this wood which is very smooth to the touch.


The marquetry on this box draws its inspiration from native plants. The treatment is  formal. Note the strong treatment of the fern pattern.

There are compartments for holding paper under the flaps.

Condition: very good condition. There are no faults nor flaws to this wonderful antique.
Overall - this is an excellent - antique - box shaped writing slope that is in pristine condition and is a beautiful object in its own right. It comes with its fully operational lock and key - and there is plenty of space to store many private documents.

The writing surface is new.

The ink pot featured is not the original but is a reproduction of the same era - and slots in exactly to the compartment. The ink pot is cubed glass with a brass collar and a brass screw topped lid - this ink pot is in pristine condition.

Size: 40,5cm by 23cm by 12,5cm: 16 inches by 8,5 inches by 5 inches.

Weight aproximately: 3 kg


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