Cold painted metal inkwell with Oriental ladyCold painted metal inkwell with Oriental ladyCold painted metal inkwell with Oriental ladyCold painted metal inkwell with Oriental ladyCold painted metal inkwell with Oriental ladyCold painted metal inkwell with Oriental ladyCold painted metal inkwell with Oriental ladyCold painted metal inkwell with Oriental ladyCold painted metal inkwell with Oriental lady

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!

ITEM ID
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ITEM TYPE
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Cold painted metal inkwell with Oriental lady

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