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304. Coromandel Writing Slope Box Casket Poss Irish Austins Dublin Mid-19th Century
An Exceptionally Fine Quality Well Figured Coromandel Writing Slope with lavish Ormolu mounts with extensive pierced cut decoration, complete with original fitted interior, mid Nineteenth Century.
This Writing Slope is in our opinion (based on previous sold examples) by renowned Cabinet makers Austins Westmorland Street Dublin.
Condition: This Writing Slope has been professionally re-polished and the Ormolu mounts re-gold plated. The original leather is a bit worn, one ink bottle is not present. Lock is present and working, key is lacking.
Height: (at back) 4” (10cm). Width: 14” (35.5cm). Depth: 10” (25.5cm).
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
Affordable Fixed price Worldwide Store to door shipping.
Coromandel: also known as Makassar Ebony, is a member of the genus Diospyros and one of the plants commonly known as ebony. Coromandel ebony wood is variegated, streaky brown and black, nearly always wide striped. It is considered a highly valuable wood for turnery, fine cabinet work and joinery.
The tree grows up to 20 meters under favourable circumstances, although such trees are rarely seen nowadays. Since Coromandel ebony has been a woodworkers favourite for centuries, most of it has been felled and used in high quality furniture. The natural area of distribution are some Indonesian islands.As this exceptionally beautiful species of the Ebonies has been much appreciated by woodworkers all over the world through the past 2 centuries it has now become a very scarce and expensive timber. The small available amounts on the market have led to very high prices, Makassar ebony nowadays belongs to the highest priced timbers on the world, the region of growth is quite restricted.