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Antique Italian Sorrento Inlaid Desk Blotter, Folio, Renaissance Style Figural Inlay, c.1800s, "Capri" Souvenir
I'm always captivated by the old ledgers, folios, business cases and valise of 1800s and earlier, and of anything to do with the act of writing. We've been featured in books and magazines, showing our antique inkwells, (many other things) and lately I've been 'binging' on the old leather folios and items like this wonderful Italian Renaissance style inlaid wood blotter cover. Such a beautiful desktop item, it would have once held stationery and also loose blotter papers for the writer. We can't know if it was an accountant's folio, that of a diplomat - a military officer, attache or just a happy Grand Tour era traveler visiting the Italian island of Capri, just off the coast of Naples. Marvelous craftsmanship, front and back in solid wood, the facade veneered and with the exceptional figural inlays! We'll just back away and let you enjoy it via our photos. NOTE: if you love this type of item, I'll advise you to visit the Musée de l'Histoire de France (Hotel de Soublise), and in particular, the room at the back filled with trunks, folios, old records books and items. Researching the history can be a truly fun endeavor, enjoying the actual product of the artisans is definitely thrilling!
Very good condition for age and type. It is in fine condition and makes me swear I'll fill it with burin-engraved printed stationery and begin writing elegant letters to friends. Alas, I know I'm down to just email. But someone will surely enjoy this as their own or as a gift for their favorite letter writer. Isn't it gorgeous! Large at 12" x 8.5", an inch thick at the spine and 9 1/8" wide when leather spine is included - it will hold normal paper sizes just fine, and lots of them. A few small veneer chips, the most visible at the bottom right corner of the cover. There is also some visible scratch marks on the cover, around the center rosewood panel.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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