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Inkstand with cover
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Inkstand with cover
  • Italy
  • late 16th century
  • Inkstand and cover
  • Leaded copper alloy, cast.
  • Height: 26 cm
    Diameter: 9.1 cm, bowl
    Height: 14.31 cm, top section
    Height: 11.9 cm, bottom section
    maximum, Width: 16 cm
  • S75
  • Not on display
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Further Reading
  • This inkstand is a typical example of functional objects produced in Venice since the late 16th century Its key features, the ornamented circular bowl with three supporting elements (elsewhere the boys are replaced by tritons or harpies) and the lid with a figural element designed to serve as a comfortable handle, are all typical of this production. Closely related figures of Venus, (of a type close to that of the so-called Venus Marina) with some variants, appear on other surviving inkstands or bells produced in the same area and period. The arms on the lid are those of the Concini family of Arezzo. Elements of the arms and the accentuated modelling of the inkstand suggest dating the inkstand closer to the end of the 16th or even the beginning of the 17th century.