Pyrography (or wood burning), often referred to as Flemish Art, was a popular decorative style common in the early 1900's. It is often associated with the Arts and Crafts movement because of its simplicity and artistic qualities. This delightful item is part of a desk set. The base has a pen rest with a hinged lidded box attached to it. Under the hinged lid are two openings for inkwells. Unfortunately, the inkwells are no longer present but replacements would be relatively easy to obtain. The base is very heavily textured with pyrographic work. The inkwell box is more deliberate in design as it has woodburned and painted designs on the top and three sides. These designs appear to be roses with the associated leaves and stems. The bright red and green of the painted elements stand in stark contrast to the dark texturing that appears on the base. The base measures 8 1/4 inches by 6 inches and is ½ inch thick. The inkwell box that is attached to the base measures 7 ½ inches long, by 4 1/4 inches wide and 1 5/8 inches deep. The whole piece has been covered with a thin protective layer of varnish. The overall condition of this item is good. It has the minor dings, scratches and spots associated with a life of being used. There is a very minor warp to the lid which causes it to close leaving a small gap. The hinges on the back of the lid work well but the small brads holding the hinges in place tend to pull out a little bit when used. This is not uncommon for items such as this. If the new owner wishes s/he could probably better anchor the hinges with a little glue. We are inclined, however, to leave it as it is now as the problem with the hinges is very minor.
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