Offering for sale a fabulous old ink stone in we think the original box. The beautiful box is probably mahogany, a reddish brown deep rich color, with the top having mother of pearl inlay flower and tree oriental shape. Inside a wonderful large thick ink stone, with carved flower blossom and leaves and the working area, and on the back of the stone is calligraphy, possibly a poem, not sure. The ink stone is we believe of a softstone, we do not know which variety, and is in good condition with a small old chip off on one side and other minor signs of wear but no significant damage or stains. The box also in good condition with the base of the tree of the mop appearing to have raised a little from age but still firm and intact, and the lid does not totally close at one end, leaving only a slight gap. The stone is 7 7 1/2" by 5 & 3/8" and is 7/8" thick. The box is 8 & 1/4' by 6 & 1/4" by 2". Wonderful old piece from China, acquired from a long time collector of Chinese jade and other carvings.
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