Wonderful 19th C. Tole Painted Double Sided Book Shaped Writing Box with Ink Wells

Regular price $165.00

I feel in love with this box before I even opened it--the marbled painting on the exterior, and the gold leaf of the "pages" are just gorgeous. A delight them to discover it opens on both sides, one side with a pair of ink wells fitted into square niches, and more space for pens and nibs, and the other side more shallow, for holding paper I presume. I've never seen another quite like it, second half 19th c. I believe. 

9 1/4" x 4 1/8" x 1 9/16". Great antique condition, excellent paint inside and out, lids on both sides open easily and close tight and flush. Made of heavy weight tin; sturdy and substantial.