Writing Case, Flemish, c. 1680
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Writing Case

Writing Case

Ebony, ivory and tortoise shell
Flemish, c. 1680

Dimensions

Height
10.6 cm; 4¼ in.
Width
24 cm; 9½ in.
Depth
19.3 cm; 7½ in.

Provenance

Private collection, Belgium

Comprised of exotic materials, the lid lifting to reveal a larger compartment for feathers and other writing utensils, three smaller sections for inks, wax, sponges and other implements, the right side containing a small locked lower drawer for paper, retaining the original hinges, locks and key.

Probably of Antwerp origin, this refined compact coffret ecritoire was designed to be portable. In beautiful condition, the high quality of the materials used and construction reflect the social station of its owner.