We love these cold painted figural inkwells, and this one is a beauty. Apparently made as a souvenir from Baden-Baden, it features a lovely Oriental lady coquettishly holding a fan and leaning forward. "Come meet me at the spa," she whispers invitingly. She is dressed in a flowing dress or kimono, with a wide sash folded around her waist. Her hair is held up in an elaborate hair-do with pins. The glass inkwell opens on a hinge; it fits snugly into the base. The words Baden-Baden are painted on the base. SIZE: The base measures 2 3/4" by 2 1/4". The lady is 3 3/4" high. The glass inkwell measures 1 1/4" square by 2" in height.
CONDITION: There is a little roughness on the back of the base, although this seems to have been a manufacturing issue rather than any damage, as the paint goes over it. The paint on the lady is close to 100% intact. There are a few spots of paint loss on the base, and the words are worn a little bit. The glass inkwell is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. The lid doesn't quite fit down snugly, but the hinge is in good shape – possibly bent just a little bit. It could possibly be worked on a bit to make the lid fit better.
This is a really lovely example of a late 19th century novelty inkwell!