A most rare and gorgeous grouping of antique Limoges porcelain created by the prestigious French firm, Tressemanes & Vogt. This 5-piece inkwell set and perfectly matching paperweight are exquisitely hand-painted and signed in gilt by the artist.
Before I discuss the set's design aesthetic, let me begin with a discussion concerning its rarity. There is simply nothing like it to be found. Anywhere. Inkwells are available, of course, but not in the same tier as this. This is quite simply I can confidently say - the grand belle of antique French porcelain inkwell suites.
Large and giving off a definite presence, this inkwell and its matching paperweight will be the piece de resistance in any Limoges and/or inkwell collection or even as standing on its own as a gorgeous finishing touch to a most precisely-curated decor. T&V is a most sought after name in Limoges, and to have a set this rare is quite impressive. That the pieces are matched in artist signature, remaining together in immaculate condition after well over 100 years is an aspect of beauty in itself and adds to the pieces' desirability.
To the inkwell itself, it is comprised of five pieces. Besides the large base, each ink well is a separate piece of beautiful creamy white porcelain which is completely removable from the base and also which has its own gilt-accented lid. Most of the "larger" inkwells I managed to come across (although none this large) had one well which was part of the base. Creating separate wells was more time consuming was quite frankly not produced that often, enhancing this set's rarity and value. The pen tray is large and roomy - and it curves gracefully out from the well base, enhancing the overall artistry of the piece.
The main color is a pale robin's egg blue, almost a pale greenish-turquoise, upon which fresh, bright florals are strategically painted to give elegance without weight. Rococo-like swirling and flourishes cover portions of the surface and finish the entire edge of both pieces; the swirls are capped with gilt paint. The work is bright and lustrous with white paint accents giving dimension and realism to the blooms which consist of diminutive pink roses, a type of blue blossom and what appear to be lovely sprigs of lavender.
MEASURES: posted shortly... inkwell – approx.. ; paperweight approx..
MARKS: inkwell marked "France" / paperweight marked "T&V Limoges". Both pieces signed by artist in gold, "SAS". A perfect matching set.
CONDITION REPORT: Both excellent. No issues to report. Strong and vibrant color, no paint loss, no chips, hairlines, scratches, stains, repairs, etc. to report. Almost no rubbing to the gilt edge-accenting. This was used, as there are what I can only guess are remnants of ink in the porcelain's pores in one of the well bottoms... It was treated, rightly so, as a treasure then and used with the utmost of care and caution to be presented in the condition it is today.
The fact that this well was used adds a great air of intrigue. This was used during a time when letter writing was a crucial method of communication and receiving news. Fancy plumes were whisked out and put to fancy paper, and in fancy script all the gossip and chatter of a family or town would be sent away to another's excited hands. Letters were sometimes short and sweet and other times long and lovely, allowing their readers to lie upon a chaise, enjoying each word as if it were a little piece of candy – a sweet morsel, perhaps - to one's tongue as it was read...
Although..., the pen is mightier than the sword, so who really knows what messages were scripted from this inkwell? Words of an impassioned lover or of one with a passionate anger? Words bearing news of engagement, marriage or birth or perhaps the passing of a loved one or friend... Mundane news of the seasons and weather or something with more pressing importance?
Someone did indeed pull chair to desk, dip their quill into this well and send something far off to another. Only the well can know what message it indeed sponsored so long ago. And yet here it is now, still graceful, still absolutely and superbly beautiful, still commanding a presence wherever it might be set about, waiting to have purpose once again.
A true set with every collector point necessary to be highly-coveted premier piece in any collection. Perfection in every aspect of the word for one who demands the best of the best: maker, signature, condition, rarity, design, history. An heirloom grouping of antique Limoges porcelain absolutely not to be missed.
Each piece in this set will be individually wrapped in bubble wrap and the grouping will be double boxed, within bubble wrap, to adequately protect it while in transit. It will additionally be shipped via overnight service to minimize its duration "in the system" and thus minimize the chance of incurring any damage.
Item ID: CGC-1509
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