Antique Boxes & Collectables
Rare Georgian Neoclassical Inlaid Lectern Writing Box c.1790
REF: LA4156 / LA327218
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It is VERY seldom that writing boxes of this style and period become available. The style of inlay often referred to as a ‘ Grecian Wreath’ featured on boxes made for different purposes primarily between 1770 – 1810, more popular on smaller boxes than on larger items. The condition of the satinwood veneer and inlays is superb. Side ‘drop’ handles typical of the period. It is extremely difficult to ascertain with total certainty whether if the escutcheon is original or a replacement…I opt to favour original. The side drawer is secured by the usual method of the original brass locking rod located to the box interior. The drawer features finely cut dovetailed joints. The lid closes perfectly square. All hardware throughout is believed to be original, all in very good condition and the key is quite possibly original and works perfectly. Given the working lock and key contents of the side drawer can of course be made secure. The box opens to reveal a neat interior. There can be no doubt that the material on the writing slope surfaces has been replaced but that should be forgiven after 200+ years. Whoever replaced the material did a nice job and more relevant is the fact that he/she obviously had respect for the item as either the two small leather hinges that secure the two ‘flaps’ to the box carcass were original and intact or he/she replaced the hinges within the original recesses. This may be confusing to those unfamiliar with the methods employed during the Georgian period but it does reflect care and respect from previous owners/restorers…..and nice to know. The inkpots are I believe replacements though are certainly early examples with silver plated tops and have had VERY little use. The corks are still firmly attached and still sealed. The two storage areas beneath the writing platform and the drawer interior are lined with red paper….possibly original. The box can be used as a reading lectern, the lid set to 3 different angles and a book supported on the lid by a removable batten that can be stored beneath the one of the platforms (see photographs). The lectern facility became a feature of quite a few writing boxes produced, in the main during the first 2-3 decades of the 1800’s….generally on far larger writing boxes than this item. This box represents an excellent addition and is, as previously stated quite a rarity…..Scan the web…see how many you can find….and note the prices!!! Unpacked weight 2.9Kg
Antique Boxes & Collectables has clarified that the Rare Georgian Neoclassical Inlaid Lectern Writing Box c.1790 (LA327218) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1790
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