Offering for sale this exquisite antique French ink well. The piece has a central inkwell, 4 curving pen rests and is raised on four legs. It's a very heavy brass piece with incredible design work, a combination of traditional and art nouveau. There are no rough edges, it is smooth to the touch as you glide your fingers over the detailed metalwork. The ink well in the center is porcelain and has no chips, but does have minor ink stains. We believe it to be original. The porcelain insert is removable and the lid operates smoothly. This piece is from France and signed underneath "D.L.", "Depose 12" and "N=46". It measures approximately 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" and 3 1/4" tall. This fabulous piece of ornate European design has no significant damage. There is normal oxidation, considering this piece is from the 1800s, and we leave any and all polishing up to the buyers discretion. This is sure to be a statement piece on any desk.