Georgian Tunbridge Ware Writing Slope Lap Desk Tumbling Block Pattern Specimen Woods Circa 1800
Quality matters and this small circa 1790 to 1810 period English writing slope has it by the bucket full!! This exquisite early example comes in absolute original, untouched and unrestored condition. It is a piece for the purist who like us, prefers for their antiques to be as original and free of interference as possible.
This little gem was produced in the 1800 period for a lady. It was a showcase for the skill and quality of the craftsman in the Tunbridge Wells area of Kent, England who made it (of course later famous for their tessellated wood mosaic examples). This item would not have been cheap to produce as the lid is packed full of exceptional marquetry using THE latest and most expensive imported exotic woods. This was made during a period of great travelling and exploration. Exotic trees were being discovered in far off lands and their woods were highly prized. The carcass of this slope is veneered in Partridge Wood with satinwood stringing. The lid is the tour de force with over 50 examples of specimen woods including Ebony, Laburnham, Burr Yew, Tulip Wood, Coromandel to name but a few. Complete with working key, turn one revolution to the left. Please see similar examples in Genevieve Cummins book "Antique Boxes, Inside and Out" page 361 and 362.
One opens the lid to reveal the original three compartments including one for holding a pounce pot that now holds a brass capped ink bottle, a rectangular compartment for dip pens and sloped compartment for wafers ( stamps were not introduced until 1840). The slanted writing surface retains its original maroon tooled leather top. One lifts this to reveal a compartment for letter and documents storage and two partridge wood veneered pull out draws each with dovetail joints. The inside of this writing slop contains its original green paper lining complete with beautiful decoupage watercolor of a botanical flower.
Size: 13.5" by 12.5" by 4.5" at its tallest.
Condition: Gorgeous and original with THE most glorious natural patina to the wood marquetry lid that is beautifully tactile. The lid is soft and smooth to the touch with some natural undulation and some slight, historic cracking to some of the tumbling block veneers. But please be assured that nothing serious or in need of restoration. To run your hands over this lid is a delight that you will never tire of. As you can see, to the inside this writing slope was well used and well loved with old black ink spillage but again this is part of the charm and more importantly the history. To the lid at 7 o'clock there is one small one inch strip of missing side stringing, it is very, very old and mentioned for accuracy.
Opening the lid and resting one's hands on the leather slope you cannot help but wonder which Regency lady wrote her letters from this fine example.
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