A masterpiece of English cabinetry, mid-1800s, this Victorian 'slope' or lap desk is made of finest exotic coromandel wood, which was imported from India, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) or South East Asia, where it is found. A masterfully crafted and exceptionally well preserved chest, this one has only one or two very simple flaws, and the worst being that the 2 glass inkwells are no longer in their compartments. Since this is the simplest thing to do so far as putting it back together, we're not even going to wait to find the 2, and will offer it thus so you may do your own sleuthing and find the perfect crystal or glass (or your choice) inkpots to fill it out. The wood on this one is outstanding - breathtaking! With the finest striation of dark and light rather than larger blotches of it as we see in some chests from this era, you know the quality of this maker's goods are of top quality and would have been both coveted and expensive in their time. The elaborate brass strapping is another indication, as is the beauty of the fitted interior. The original velveted writing surface remains also in excellent condition, though it is parted at the fold (quite normal). Opulently trimmed interior with brass trimmed lift out lids to compartments for desk items, a large storage space inside that will even store legal size stationery, which is rare. This one is large! As noted, the key remains in place, and the lock does work perfectly. All it needs is your choice of lush tassel to trim it out for your own home's decor. Only a couple of years back, this slope would have brought $3000 or higher, (or in some London shops we've found, up to 7000 GBP!) so now's the perfect time to acquire your dream lap desk, before everything goes back up again.
Very good to excellent condition, with the most beautiful finished coromandel wood ever! We've had numerous fine coromandel chests, but none so evenly colored and fine as this, I believe. The brass strapping and trim is all in place, the working key fitted inside the lock. Very small abrasions here or there, a tiny nip to veneer in 3 places on interior, nothing serious or disturbing in a slope of this age. I mention those only for accuracy, and of course assume we all know a 150 year old item isn't perfect. The interior is stunning, and yet shows the 2 flaws most notable, being the missing inkwells, and the split at the fold of the velvet writing surface, which is otherwise in incredibly fine condition, as you can see. It does look as if it were never used. Writing top lifts to reveal a blond wood interior storage that is large and perfect for stationery and correspondence, etc., and there you see that there is an age/shrinkage crack on the bottom interior panel of wood. Totally stable, this is truly one of the finest we've ever seen. Extra large, remember!
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