This lively inkwell was made by the well known Parisian ceramicist Louis Dage. Dage was one of the originators of the Art Deco style in pottery. In 1924, at the first contest created in France to honor craftsmen, Dage was named Meilleur Ovrier de France (best craftsman in France). His fun style can be seen at its best in this inkwell. Splashes of color – yellow, pink, red, green and black – dance across the creamy background. The lid lifts off, and the two pen holders are protected with a metal rim which extend into the inkwell as metal tubes which will hold the pens steady. This inkwell has a built in insert. L. Dage and France are painted on the bottom.
Size: This inkwell is 2 1/2" high and about 4 1/2" in diameter.
Condition: Condition is excellent. There is extensive glaze crazing, which is very typical in these pieces since the glaze used was quite soft. There are no chips, cracks or significant scratches. There are ink stains in the insert, indicating this inkwell saw some use in its early days. Overall, this is a beautiful piece of early Arts and Crafts pottery.