Writing desk

Object Number: 
INV.8539
Date: 
1825-1900
Medium: 
Wood, metal, textile
Dimensions: 
Desk: 4 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 9 in. (11.4 x 34.3 x 22.9 cm)
Marks: 
inscribed: on purple glass stamp: "NON/COEUR TE/POURSUIT/PARTOUT" engraved: in script on metal escutcheon in center of lid: "Isabella"
Description: 
Rectangular wooden writing desk with flat, hinged lid, brass plaque with inscription "Isabella" at center of lid, and escutcheon; desk opens to reveal writing surface covered in purple velvet with embossed border (Greek key pattern), balanced on six pieces of wood slotted into front of box to form four compartments; compartments hold two square glass ink bottles with metal caps, two ink pens, one ink pen with nib attached, nine nibs, two nibs stuck to small round box containing two pieces of red sealing wax, purple glass stamp with inscription, sharpener, and rectangular red leather box (with gilt details embossed) with hinged lid, with ink pen and paper knife resting on plush cushion; blue porcelain ink pen and paper knife decorated with painted clusters of flowers, with gilded handles and attachments (knife with steel blade); each side of writing surface can be folded over to reveal very bottom of lid and desk.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group