The Wallace Collection

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Inkstand
  • Inkstand
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • 1745 - 1749
  • Mahogany, lacquer decorated with gold leaf, gilt bronze, blue glass
  • Object size: 11 x 35.7 x 28.9 cm
  • Date mark: crowned 'C' stamped twice
    Date mark: crowned 'C' Stamped
    Date mark: crowned 'C' Stamped
    Date mark: crowned 'C' Stamped
  • F109
  • Small Drawing Room
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  • This inkstand is made of mahogany and is veneered with Japanese lacquer depicting landscapes and mountains in black, gold and silver, scattered in places with flakes of gold leaf, particularly in the skies. It is lined with three gilt-bronze compartments, one of which contains an inkwell and a sand box and the other two being intended for writing implements. There are more gilt-bronze mounts around the edges and forming the feet, all in the rococo style that was popular in the middle of the eighteenth century. An example of the type of fashionable luxury object sold by the Parisian marchands merciers, some of the mounts are stamped with the ‘crowned C’ mark which denotes that the piece was on sale in Paris between 1745-49, and there is no reason to suppose that it was not made at this date as well.