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Antique Boxes in English Society
1760 -1900
Writing Boxes
Writing Boxes




Georgian mahogany writing slope circa 1790.
A writing slope veneered in mahogany. The whole top is framed in pear wood. The center with an oval of burr yew, crossbanded in mahogany. A symmetrical effect in the neoclassical tradition is achieved by the juxtaposition of timbers, grain, and figure. A subtle piece of inspired craftsmanship, the design belies the complexity of the work. Typical of the school of understated quality of the Georgian period.

 14.5" wide. 

End of 18th century. 

Note the fine lines and crossbanding around the burr yew. Also the subtle use of figure. The surface is nicely patinated.
The writing surface is surrounded by boxwood facings. The leather is a replacement. The inkwells are in place. 
The embossing is done with original tools.

Note the clever use of light and dark facings. The ink stains are part of the life of this piece and suggest the use of the earlier type of pen. 

For the historical context of this writing box read the relevant part of Antigone's Online Antique Box Book. If you click here you will go there.

We have written a highly  illustrated book on Antique Boxes and Tea caddies  which is being  published by  Schiffer Books USA. 

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