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04 May, 2014 20:27:40 AEST
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Superb Antique Writing Slope Box Inlay Pearl shell c1800s Aesthetic Movement

Probably the nicest Writing slope box I've listed this year! Just the outer box alone is enough to get excited about, the inner travelling office set up is a bonus!

These writing slope boxes were the laptop computer of the Victorian and Edwardian era! Essentially a desk in a box, the lid opens to form a sloped writing surface across the bottom and lid halves. In this example the actual 'desk' surfaces are missing. Everything else appears to be intact, two inkwells (one missing a metal cap) a divided section for stamps and a pen tray that lifts out to reveal another compartment.

The outer box is a masterpiece of Late Victorian Decorative Arts- very much in the restrained manner of the Aesthetic Movement.  Its varied and unusual inlay to the lid is just beautiful. I see Bone, Mother of Pearl shell, Various woods including a burl walnut or similar, as well as a black material? See the front side too- with its wonderful swirl of darker grain through the veneer.

Some loss of decorative inlay however fortunately its all of a light coloured wood that is similar to the base wood so the lost veneers are barely noticed as shown!

Just a small section of lost veneer to the outer edge front right side also. Otherwise just light surface wear consummate to age. Retains lock- no key however. Interior has lost slope surface as noted- otherwise not too bad. Having the two original glass inkwells is a real bonus- these are free of chipping or cracks.

Outer dimensions approx 33 x 24 x 13cm Weight approx 2.3 kilos.




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