Yet another よく書けている

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Jan 4, 2012 17:14 Japanese_language 「ている」 「いた」 過去形 時制
I just now noticed something about the past tense. Suppose something happens to the following:
Your friend writes an essay
Right thereafter you read it.
Right thereafter it burns away.
Ten years later you say to him that it is (was?) well written.
What should you say?
よく書けていた?
よく書けている?

The answer is clearly よく書けていた。 This is easy. Next:

Your friend writes an essay.
It is in the room A.
He is in the room B.
You read it in the A.
You go to him in the B.
You say to him that it is well written.
The essay is still in the A.
What should you say?
よく書けていた?
よく書けている?

You can say either. Both are very natural. This suggests this た is not the maker of the past tense. I think this た means you experience something in the past, not something that you are talking about occurs (occurred?) in the past.