This is a very beautiful and high quality portable Victorian writing desk The piece has a general black lacquered appearance and has been decorated with gilded painted floral designs and decorations. The box is rectangular shaped when closed and has a slightly diagonal top surface, which opens to reveal the red velvet lined writing surface within. Along with two velvet lined surfaces are storage compartments and a locking front. This piece appears in nice condition, it does have minor damage and wear from use and age. The lacquer appears slightly crazed and there is a slight bite at one corner; as well, there are some spots on the velvet. Dimensions while closed: 9" x 12"; height: 2"; height: 3-1/2".