Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

Charles I writing slope on bracket base

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An exceptional example of the early slope, or desk box, with a proud bracket base.

The face is decorated with a wonderful relief carving of two writhing serpents facing each other as if in battle. The background is matted with a small punch. The original lock box sits on a platform created in the carving.

The thin sloping lid is attached to the box with a pair of butterfly hinges, and raising the lid reveals two shallow drawers with wood knobs. They may be secured with a small turnbuckle.

In fine condition with excellent surface. The bracket base appears to be an 18th-century addition. There is old worm damage to the bottom of the box; we’ve covered it with a piece of cardboard, which can be popped out.

English, 1640 – 50

Dimensions: 19 ¾” X 14 ¾”; Height: 14”

Price: $ 1,100

Inventory #25838

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