Fabulous and rare antique tole writing box.
Circa late 18th to early 19th Century, this beautiful writing box features built-in inkwell and sander. The rectangular box is elegantly domed at the top. Painted a beautiful shade of red, it is decorated with a border of gilt leaves which are finely picked out with black veining. There is a second inner border of gilt double scrolls.
Likely made in Great Britain, perhaps at Pontypool, but possibly American or French.
The inside of the box is painted black, and is partitioned with two of the compartments containing a black tole sander with a nicely shaped lift finial, and a blown glass inkwell enclosed within a black tole case. Really unusual and fine work.
The bottom of the box has an old Bergdorf Goodman tag.
This was presumably made as a travelling writing kit, as it is a small size: about 4 3/4" x 2 5/8" x 1 7/8 high.
Excellent condition, with some wear to the paint and gilding.
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