Description & Technical information

The top of the writing box has a decorative rectangular frame divided into three sections. In the middle, there is a stylized floral design stemming from a centre point to both sides. The side sections each have a design of single flower which has outwards spread dense leaves.
The top has an outer double border of geometric patterns, inlaid with mother of pearl and wood. The inner border surrounding the rectangular frame has a continuous abstract design.
The front of the box has two drawers with escutcheons; the upper drawer has two smaller compartments on either side. The decoration on the drawers consists of diamond shapes inlaid in wood and mother of pearl. The edges of the box have a continuous arrangement of borders in a zig-zag format. The sides of the writing box are decorated with inlaid intersecting six-sided star shapes and geometric patterns, giving an overall three-dimensional effect to the design. For a similar decorative effect, see an Ottoman writing desk in The David Collection, Accession number 19/1985. 

Period:  18th century
Origin:  Turkey
Medium: Mother of pearl and tortoiseshell
Dimensions: 61.5 x 30 x 33 cm (24¹/₄ x 11³/₄ x 13 inches)
Categories: Jewellery