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Antique Rosewood writing box inlaid with mother of Pearl circa 1840.

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Reference:  WB153

Description:
WB153: Antique figured rosewood writing box with rounded edges, and countersunk brass carrying handles, inlaid to the top and front with fine inlays of mother of pearl   depicting stylized curved foliage, opening to an embossed leather (replacement) writing surface and compartments for writing implements and paper. The box also has secret drawers hidden behind a sprung panel. Circa 1840

Circa: 1840.


Size: 40.5 cm by 24.5 cm by 15.5 cm: 16 inches by 9.7 inches by 6.1 inches.

Condition: Good over all, working lock and key. See images.

 

WB153: Antique figured rosewood writing box with rounded edges, and countersunk brass carrying handles, inlaid to the top and front with fine inlays of mother of pearl   depicting stylized curved foliage, opening to an embossed leather (replacement) writing surface and compartments for writing implements and paper. The box also has secret drawers hidden behind a sprung panel. Circa 1840. Enlarge Picture

 

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The box opens to an embossed leather (replacement) writing surface and compartments for writing implements and paper. 

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Detail: The replacement green leather writing surface is framed  mitered rosewood facings.  

 

 The fluid mother of pearl inlay contrasts with the dark rich figure and color of the rosewood and depicts floral motifs.

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 Detail of the mother of pearl escutcheon

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The central decoration to the top depicts birds at a bird bath.

 

 Detail of the mother of pearl inlay. When looked at with magnification the fine marks left by the piercing  saw are just visible.

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 Beneath the compartments for pens there is a nest of secret drawers concealed behind a sprung panel

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 The panel is released by puling up one of the divisions.

 

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