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Antique French Empire style five-piece gilt ormolu writing set. Crafted of gilt bronze or brass, the set comprises of a calligraphy dip pen, ink blotter, ink eraser knife, wax seal and cut crystal inkwell. Each piece mounted with finely detailed neoclassical appliques. The motifs include wreathes accented with charming ribbon bows, feathered wings and flaming torches. The ink blotter features a lovely applied figures depicting the goddess of love and beauty Venus (Aphrodite) looking into a mirror, opposite the figure of Cupid (Eros). To the handle of the eraser knife is the winged figure of Victoria (Nike), goddess of victory. Wax seal with an engraved matrix of interlaced initials GE. The set is complete and housed in the original presentation box. In overall good condition. The box showing some wear commensurate with age.
Wax Seal - 2 3/4" length
Calligraphy Dip Pen - 6 1/8" length
Ink Knife - 4 3/4" length
Blotter - 3 1/8" x 1 5/8" x 2 1/4" height
Inkwell - 1 3/4" height x 1 1/8" square
Box measures 8 1/4" x 6" x 2 7/8" height
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Antique French Gilt Bronze Writing Desk Set, Empire Style Neoclassical Figures, Cut Glass Inkwell, Wax Seal, Calligraphy Dip Pen
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