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.
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