This is an absolutely stunning French antique Inkwell dates back to the 1880-1900. It was made out of bronzed metal (most likely spelter), Brass and beautifully cut heavy weight lead crystal. The crystal tanks are in great condition and of excellent craftmanship. Floral pattern have been hand cut in them and they have a nice sparkle. The bronzed and patinated metal is hardly to differentiate from bronze and has amazing decor including two decorative heads and four mystical fish in addition to the stunning floral patterns. The ink tanks are held by brass fittings.
Belle Epoque was a period of Western European history. It is conventionally dated from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Occurring during the era of the French Third Republic (beginning 1870), it was a period characterized by optimism, regional peace, economic prosperity and technological, scientific and cultural innovations. In the climate of the period, especially in Paris, the arts flourished. Many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual art gained recognition. The Belle Époque was named, in retrospect, when it began to be considered a "golden age" in contrast to the horrors of World War I.
Condition: In very good antique condition. Minor wear to the bronzed finish - goes well with the beautiful Patina. (PLEASE SEE PHOTOS)
Measurements: circa 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 4 inch
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