This box belongs to my brother. I'm selling it for him. He's my enthusiastic apprentice. ; ) One of the things he has enjoyed in our French antiques shopping together has been discovering these old, elegant "ecritoire" or writing boxes. They remind us both of a time when a personal, handwritten note was how people communicated, something special then, and even more so now. A wonderful accent for a well-appointed office, sitting room, or a gift for someone to love, and into which their engraved stationary and notes can be elegantly housed. This one is a rare little Charles X era (c.1830s) Ladies Writing Box that we found in Paris. Brass Boulle inlaid with mother of pearl and hardwoods are typical of that period and into Napoleon III era, but the ripple-edging trim is the earlier form, makes this one extra special and very old, indeed. Be sure to notice the tiny mother of pearl acorns and blossoms embedded in the inlays. The box appears to be black Lacquer over mahogany with exotic wood lining the inside. We do not know the maker because, sadly, they did not leave any engraved signing. Still, it is as finely made as any of the Tahan, Vervelle, or Giroux boxes we have in our collection. Please look at it carefully and note the intricate Boulle inlays on the lid and key escutcheon. The box is petit in size, and might well have been made special for a very beloved child. I've really never found one in this small size. We have no information on its owner whose name, Georgina, is engraved on the cartouche on the lid.
The quality of the ecritoire and the care it has had over the years suggest she was very well off, loved beautiful things, and must have taught her family how to care for her priceless treasures for it to be in this condition and over 150 years old It is in extraordinary condition, nearly perfect, with the exception of slight bowing on the large lid near the lock and a small drying separation on the right front corner. There are some very tiny lines and small nicks that are barely visible even when the light is just right. Brass Boulle is in flawless condition with no lifts or missing tiny parts. The original velvet writing surface is intact but has some staining and discoloration, quite typical of an antique writing lap desk over 150 years old. The key that was with it when we found it works smoothly to lock the box. Hinges are tight and work smoothly. Small in size, it measures 10 inches by 7.5 inches, by 1.75 inches, and weighs 1 pound, 6 ounces. Our tiniest inkwells are too big to fit this ecritoire but we will include one along with a mother of pearl handled old dip pen at no charge plus ship them all at no charge. We would expect it to be returned within two weeks for a full refund if it is not one immediately of your most treasured possessions.
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