An extraordinary example made for a well-to-do lady; sewing, writing letters and personal beautification facilitated. The lid features a large conch shell set within oval string inlaid border...within large octagonal birds' eye panel displaying chevron inlaid border. The entire case is veneered in the most beautiful rosewood; all borders inlaid. The fancy rococo style repousse brass handle back-plates feature tri-lobe shell segments each with dart...above undulating acanthus leaf and scrolling; carrying ring is gadrooned. Within the lid is a looking glass set within an inlaid border having a molded walnut liner.
Fitted interior: at back center is a lift-out slide lid box, to the left a fitted box having three compartments; one containing three matching perfume bottles with faceted sides and retaining glass stoppers; all appear to be original; also contains a small slide lid box . This tray with mitered corners and inlaid top edges is above another box of conforming size. At right are two deep compartments for larger bottles. The front accommodates a large, fitted tray with a brushed cotton pincushion; this removable tray is above a deep storage well. We note that the long tray dividers, left to right, are not molded as are those running front to back. They are covered in a pink silk and therefore may be old replacements or the silk is retro. All interior sections lined with pink paper.
The drawer contains a writing slope retaining original green baize; adjusts on rachet. Under the ebonized pen tray is a storage area for nibs, pens, and pencils. Also, compartments for pounce and ink bottles. The bottom of case is covered with green felt.
A large, beautiful, and outstanding example.
Date: George III
Measurement: Height: 8.25"; width: 14"; depth: 11.5"
Material: Exotic rosewood, birds eye maple, pine, walnut, and inlays
Condition: Excellent, top lock is functional, drawer lock needs tweaking