This item is an absolutely fantastic HAND CARVED BLACK FOREST SWISS MOUNTAIN DOG INKWELL. It just has to be seen to be appreciated. The stand features two handsome Swiss Mountain dogs - one sitting and the other reclining. Perhaps the guy sitting is protecting his dish of food at his side. Both dogs have black and orange glass eyes. The carvings, color and patina are first rate. The inkwell is thick, heavy glass with no chips, cracks or other problems. The top is brass. The scene is set on a plinth that measures 16" by 12" and it rests on four round feet. The sitting dog is almost 7"H. This is a wonderful piece of Black Forest carving.