See, you are as pretty as a picture, the doting mother says to her daughter. Put you in a frame and just look at how beautiful you are! This lovely inkstand depicts a mother holding a frame in front of her daughter's face. Both mother and daughter wear flowers in their hair and nicely decorated dresses. The faces are particularly sweet – very romantic! We are not sure of the maker, but it is a heavy piece which indicates that it was made earlier in the 19th century rather than later. The top lifts off to reveal an inkwell and a pounce or sand pot. The underside of the top part has the number 104 impressed into it. Both top and bottom have a handwritten symbol (possibly the number 8) at the same place in the front where the top fits down into the bottom. This was possibly done in order to match the pieces.
SIZE: Measurements are 7" by about 4", and 6 1/2" high.
CONDITION: This piece is in amazingly fine condition. There are no chips or cracks in the porcelain – other than a small firing crack in the back at the base. The glaze is in excellent condition. The gold around the frame and back of chair has darkened with age, and it – and other gold trim – has worn in places. Some of the enameling that was used to decorate the dresses has also worn off in places. It is really amazing to find this inkwell with the frame and hands intact!
This is a lovely, lovely piece of early to mid 19th century porcelain!