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Antique Penwork and Rosewood Writing Slope with Pyramided Top Decorated with a Classical Print and Framed by Stylized Flora Circa 1800

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Ref: WB615 http://www.hygra.com/uk/n11/WB615

A George III penwork and rosewood writing slope of rare and complex form, the pyramided top decorated with a  colored engraving depicting a classical  theme. The box has two compartmentalized drawers to the sides. The top opens to a sloping writing surface with replacement leather writing surface and a lift out pen tray. There is a compartment for storing papers beneath the  writing surface. The particular form makes the box ideal for personal correspondence.  The raised lid would allow the box to be closed with a half written letter still in situe.  The box could be locked for privacy.  Boxes combining pen work with rosewood  are rare. We document a few in our book Antique Boxes  Tea Caddies, and Society, which may be from the same workshop.
Origin: UK;  Circa1800: ; Materials: .

Size: 37.2 cm wide by 31.8 cm by 18.5 cm tapering to 14.5 cm:  14.7 inches wide by 12.5  inches by 7.3  inches tapering to 5.7 inches.

Condition: good overall for period; working lock and key; see images and individual notes.

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