Here's a very unique antique papier mache writing slope, ecritoire or lap desk, rich gold enamel accenting around the edges and a large circular medallion in the lid! In the style of the old Grand Tour works, some with eglomise or reverse painted glass panels depicting world famous architectural wonders and souvenirs for the Grand Tour travelers. This one without an insert, though it has the appearance of one. The entire lid panel is solid, formed with the raised circular border and convex center panel AND beautifully hand painted with a garden theme! A variety of plants & flowers, all beautifully detailed, with an egg-filled nest to boot! Definitely a Springtime scene, full of new growth and new life! The painting is a bit yellow in appearance, a result of the clearcoat protectant that the ebeniste put over the original oil painting for preservation. A glorious piece, complete and original inside & out. The fitted spaces inside include two spaces for inkwells (not there - relatively easy to replace, however) and a gold accented convex pen tray, removable for implements or stamps storage beneath. The upper half of the writing surface also folds up to a stationery compartment below. What a beauty!
Very good condition, with a nod to the age and usually fragile nature of papier mache. In remarkable condition really. The surface has a lustrous jet black finish, hardly a sign of crackling or crazing and only the tiniest nip or two. A slight scratch or two on the painting and some wear to the gold enamel accenting. There may be a repair at the right side hinge just below the lip of the lid. The old velveted writing surface shows age, and is split at the fold as you can see. As mentioned, the inkwells that would have fit in the side square spaces are missing, original lock, hinges, etc. but missing the key. A GREAT and unusual old box for the collector or to accent your other antiques at home or office.
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