This is a highly decorative antique Regency rosewood and brass inlaid writing and stationery slope of rectangular shape, circa 1820 in date.
The box is profusely inlaid with decorative brass foliate scrollwork decoration and features recessed brass military handles to the sides.
The interior is beautifully finished in the original red suede writing surface and has the two original glass inkwells with bronze lids.
The slope has a secret compartment with three small drawers hidden under the writing surface which is opened with a spring lock under one of the ink wells.
It has the original working lock with key.
This is a highly decorative piece which will make a statement once placed on any period desk.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 16 x Width 35 x Depth 24
Dimensions in inches:
Height 6.3 x Width 13.8 x Depth 9.4
is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared.
The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces.
Our reference: 09544