Exceptionally pretty Victorian Mother of Pearl inlaid Blotter Cover. This is the binder for a Victorian desktop blotter, a requisite tool when quill pens and ink were used. A penned letter or document was pressed between sheets of the thick blotter paper within, which absorbed any extra ink and would keep the document from smearing. This folio is made of lacquered papier mache, with a hand painted bouquet of flowers featuring a large and quite spectacular Rose.
Surrounded by Hydrangeas, Bluebells, little Daisies and Clematis in Cream, Yellow, Red, Blue, and Gold, with beautifully articulated foliage and stems. The inlays of mother of pearl are all intact on this one, which is rather rare to find, this is a gem. The MOP marquetry inlays shimmer a little light in the design of garden flowers. Almost 168 years old, this is a stunning piece with the grace of time. In very good condition for its age and type, a little bumped on the outside corners, but charmingly beautiful.