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Anglo-Indian Colonial Carved Wood Letter or Book Holder

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Anglo-Indian Colonial Carved Wood Letter or Book Holder
Very finely and richly carved wood letter or book holder. If used with books they must be small ones - practically pocket sized books. The hinged ends fold in flat to the rack's or shelf's surface. The rack (or shelf) expandable by fitted slide - the center portion, fixed to one end, slotted into side portions fixed to the other end. Surfaces of both the rack (or shelf) and its ends richly and finely carved with rabbits, deer, peafowl and butterflies among a lush ground of flowering peonies. Acanthus leaves run up the sides of the shaped ends, tapering to the crest of each crowned with a pair of doves. As far as "ornate" Anglo Indian carving goes, this is the finest and most delicate I have chanced upon. A trace of vermillion stain almost completely faded except for the facing sides of the shaped ends. Raj Anglo-Indian (perhaps Kashmiri work), 19th century. In good, as recently found, condition with few minor losses to carved details and some hastily applied glue to the joint where the center slide's tenon came lose from the end's mortise (should clean easily enough by the right hands.) See additional images. Length collapsed, 12 1/2 inches (31.75 cm). Can expand up to about 20 inches (51 cm). Depth, about 5 1/2 inches (13.8 cm). Height from bottom to top of shaped ends, about 6 inches (15.2 cm)

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