This is an absolutely wonderful inkstand, coming to you from the mid to late 1800s. It features a young boy being taught by his mother while an older sister looks on. They are reading an open book, while other books and a sheet of music sit waiting on the table. A stringed instrument of some sort leans against the front of the table. The faces are delicately painted, as are the decorations of the mother and daughters' dresses and the borders on the table cloth.
The entire top lifts off to reveal two inkwells and one sander. The inkwells are each double, to lessen the possibility of drips and spillage. One insert top is pink, probably meant to indicate red ink, while the other is white. The sander is white. The numbers 10.32 are painted on the base; the number 10. Is painted under the top. The letter I (or possibly H, depending on how you hold it) is also impressed under the top. Otherwise there are no marks. We believe this is British, although it could possibly be from Germany or Austria.
SIZE: This is a fairly large inkstand. The base measures approximately 6 1/2" by 6". It is about 7" tall.
CONDITION: This inkstand is in excellent condition. There is a manufacturing crack in the front of the instrument (more can be seen inside). Otherwise, there are no cracks, chips or significant scratches in the ceramic. There is some rubbing of the glaze at the top of the instrument and tops of the table legs where the top part of the inkstand rubbed as it was taken off and put back onto the base. The inserts are all in perfect condition.
This is a beautiful inkstand, that would add beauty and interest to any desk and collection.
19th century Figural Ceramic Inkstand – Family Lessons
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