Although we usually associate ink stands and ink wells with masculine Victorian desks, others were made for the well-bred ladies and gentlemen of the time who appreciated a finer, prettier objects. This is one of the latter.
As it is hand-painted in dark pink with roses and other flowers placed everywhere they can be, this piece is exceptionally pretty. On the front the faience artist put a large vignette of a house and a pond in a landscape. The combination of pink flowers and delightful scene makes for a truly charming porcelain ink stand.
The stand itself has two handles for the convenience of moving it around one’s writing surface without spilling the ink. There is the original ink pot in the covered well for ink. The top opens easily on a gilded hinge. There are empty spaces for the quills and other accessories. There even is a porcelain stamp for wax seals; it is highly decorated to match the decorations of the stand. It is unusual to still have this object in its holder.
The condition is superb. It appears to not have been much used. It has no chips, cracks or hairlines. Even the white porcelain inkwell is in pristine condition. There appears to be a manufacturer’s flaw on the edge of the inside cover of the inkwell, but as it is inside and can barely be seen. I feel that the quality of the painting as well as the condition makes this ink stand most appealing. There is an artist’s mark on the bottom.
It measures 6-3/8 inches from handle end to handle end. It is 3-1/8 inches deep and the height to the top of the porcelain stamp is 3-3/4 inches.
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