Lovely old pottery inkwell, with royal blue, pale rose red, yellow, green and white. Center section with removable pottery ink insert and lid, and four open holes around I assume to hold quills as they are not quite large enough for some pens. An experienced collector of inkwells has given us information on the mark as follows: "Based on the information in the book "Cest du Desvres: Faience de Desvres," by Francois Piton (pub. 2001), pages 302,304, and 312,I believe that this inkwell was made in Desvres some time during the combined periods of Fourmaintraux-Courquin (1875-1900) and Charles & Francois Fourmaintraux (1900-1905) because it is most similar to the intertwined FC mark they used during that time. If this is accurate, the "E" subscript beside the mark (i.e., the painter's initial) may be that of Emile Fourmaintraux who ran the family's "LA POTERIE" factory in Desvres from 1896 to 1905. If this is Emile's initial, it is very rare (page 304), and this piece was most likely made between 1903 and 1905." We acquired this from the collection of a long deceased antique dealer; from her daughter. It measures 4 & 3/8" across and is 2 & 1/4" tall. It is in good condition with mild age wear, no repairs, a little fading on the lid. We see one small paint chip on one of the sides on lower edge, with red pottery showing slightly. We are most grateful to the Ruby Lane shopper /collector for identifying this piece for us.
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