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Antique French Kiln-fired Bresse Enamel Inkwell, Ink Well, Ink Pot, Cobalt Blue, Jewel Dots
A charming and elegant French kiln-fired enamel pen stand, desk tray and inkwell of finest quality, from the enamel arts colony of Bresse, France. This type of signature raised jewel-dot enamel work is shown off in many museums, collections, and in a lovely book about them, which you can see in our final image (all in French, though). The desk stand you see here is without damage. A wonderful piece. I've had a few over the years, and we purchased several recently from a single collection in France, so look also for one in pale yellow and another in light Celeste or Sevres blue. Gorgeous things!
Very good to excellent condition. This one had a very tiny flashed rim chip on the tray when it arrived and we've had our museum-class enamelist restore that one tiny spot so it's truly top notch for you. I couldn't even point out what the tiny flaw was, her work is so excellent, but I will mention it. Measurements are noted on the photos. We have some fabulous kiln-fired enamels just in - come and see them all and put together your own collection. Some are shown with this well in the final photo, including frame and exceedingly rare pair of jardiniere, cache pot, all sold separately.
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ENAMEL NOTE: This process, which I've written about many times, is one only accomplished with the skill of years and years of practice. The enamel powders are various shades of muddy mauve, taupe, blues, not the least resembling the color they will become once the kiln melts them into the glassine or porcelain like finished product you see here. So an artist is layering on stroke after stroke, working quite literally blind as far as the colors and spacing of the finished outcome he/she hopes to achieve. It is the memory that guides the hand in this art. And subject to such whims of nature and memory, it's always amazing to me that they come out with anything but a glob. I've tried this art, myself, and believe me, it's very difficult. I mostly get globs. The nature of the process is part of the reason why these old kiln-fired objects have such a following and bring the prices they continue to bring.
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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