B858 - SOLD
This is a gorgeous superb quality antique Italian tooled leather desk box dating from the 19th century. It comes complete with it's key which works perfectly to lock away those secret letters.
The exterior of the box is breathtaking. It is exquisitely tooled with fine detailed intricate gilded scrolls and shells. We have left the leather as we found it - softly scuffed with the passage of time but it could be waxed and polished to a high gloss finish if required.
The front of the box has a brass clasp and key which work perfectly. The lid lifts up to reveal a sumptuous silk brocade interior in a gorgeous shade of claret. There are two compartments with lift out dividers. The textile is in immaculate condition.
The underside of the box reveals the retailer's stamp 'LEMERCIER, 71 Rue La Boëtie' which is in Paris.
The box is in excellent condition. There is some softness to the leather that acts as a hinge to the lid but this is well compensated for by the lining which holds the lid in place.
The box measures :- 31 cm (12.25 inches) wide x 15 cm (6 inches) deep x 21.5 cm (8.5 inches) high.
An exceptional antique leather desk box to use and enjoy and another divine antique brocante find from La Belle Étoffe!
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Possible delivery methods: France, U.K. & Europe, Rest of World