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Antique writing box decorated with marquetry in rosewood and birds eye maple depicting native flowers circa 1840

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Description:
wb141: Antique writing box / lap desk, the top and front decorated with marquetry in contrasting rosewood and birds eye maple  depicting stylized themes from nature, opening down to reveal a green baize  velvet writing surface and compartments for pens and writing instruments. There are compartments for holding paper under the flaps. Circa 1840 
Origin: UK

Circa: 1840

Size: 40.5cm by 23cm by 12.5cm: 16 inches by 9 inches by 4.9 inches.

Condition: Good over all, some ware to the  writing surface, working lock and key.

 

wb141: Antique writing box / lap desk, the top and front decorated with marquetry in contrasting rosewood and birds eye maple  depicting stylized themes from nature, opening down to reveal a green baize  velvet writing surface and compartments for pens and writing instruments. There are compartments for holding paper under the flaps. Circa 1840. Enlarge Picture

 

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There are compartments for holding paper under the flaps.

 

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

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