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Fine Betjemann Writing Slope With Neo Gothic mounts inlaid with pietra dura Circa 1880.

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Description:
A writing box box made by the firm of Betjemann's. Betjemann's were in the forefront of innovation and quality, using machinery and skill in an effort to achieve very smooth finishes and stable structures. This box epitomizes the nineteenth century  new fashion for the neo-gothic. 

The brass shapes are cut with precision to achieve a certain depth. They are also gilded. 

The inserts are panels of pietra dura. Black slate is inlaid with marble in different colors in delicate designs of flowers. Inside, the slope is lined in gold embossed blue velvet which compliments the design. The interior facings are in coromandel. The maker's mark is engraved on the lock plate and the retailer's name is on a small strip of brass under the flap. Last quarter 19th century.


Origin: United Kingdom

Circa: 1880

Materials:  Figured wallnut, gilt brass, pietra dura

Size: 35.5 cm by cm by cm: 14 inches by inches by inches.

Condition: Good overall, working  Bramah lock and key ; there is some wear to the center of the velvet writing surface.

 

A writing box box made by the firm of Betjemann's. Betjemann's were in the forefront of innovation and quality, using machinery and skill in an effort to achieve very smooth finishes and stable structures. This box epitomizes the nineteenth century  new fashion for the neo-gothic. Circa 1880 Enlarge Picture


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This writing box is featured at Figure 518 in Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, and Society -- 1700--1880, ISBN: 0764316885  Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly, A Schiffer Book for collectors..

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The brass mounts are gilded. The inserts are panels of pietra dura. Black slate is inlaid with marble in different colors in delicate designs of flowers.

 

 Close up of the pietra dura  has been added to some of the detail to give even more life. 

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 Corner detail of the velvet writing surface. The dark blue velvet is embossed with a Greek key pattern and a   single gold line with corner accents.

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The maker's mark is engraved on the lock plate and the retailer's name is on a small strip of brass under the flap.

The lock is made by Bramah and is working.

"Betjemann & Sons Makers London"

 

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"J a(nd) T Forgil. 93 Buchanan St. Glasgow" is engraved on a small brass plait inlaid into the flap. Forgil was probably the retailer.

 

 

The box is veneered on the outside with thick saw-cut walnut. The figure is enhanced during the polishing process.  Inside the facings are coromandel. The writing tablet is gold embossed velvet.

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