Superb Antique Carved Wood & Marquetry Desk Weight/Paperweight Fox & Stork c1840 (Code 2658)
A fine antique desk object in carved rosewood with an egg panel around the sides. The top has marquetry inlay with 'The Fox and the Stork' from Aesop's fables. It is superbly done with some of the inlay edge on to produce the ripple effect you see. There is also painting to complete the effect. To the base there is some writing in two different hands, one appears to have a date of 1869. The item itself likely pre dates this by a little and is probably late Regency or very early Victorian given the style.
The block is not internally weighted, but should be heavy enough to serve as a paperweight, although it is perhaps more aptly a desk curio. A beautiful item and very unlikely you will ever find another.
Remarkably good for period, minor wear and a few light scratches. Some of the corners worn or smoothed down a little.
Length: 11.4 cm ( 4 1/2 inch )
Breadth: 8.5 cm ( 3 3/8 inch )
Weight: 184 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 2658 JU21-1
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