This is a wonderful example of French Faience from the end of the 1800s or possibly very early 1900s. It is in the shape of a triangle, with holes for pens on each corner. The inkwell is removable, and includes brass collar and hinge. The brass appears to have been gilded. The sides and lid are bright yellow, with a hand painted linear decoration. Pink flowers and green foliage decorate the sides and top. The base is marked “Aladin France.” The inside of the inkwell and lid are somewhat ink stained, with green ink. This was a used inkwell, although whoever owned it took very good care of it.
This inkwell comes from my personal inkwell collection, which I am in the process of downsizing. Look for many more fine inkwells to be added to our shop.
SIZE: Each of the three sides measures 4 3/4”. Height to the top of the finial is about 3”.
CONDITION: This inkwell is in excellent condition, especially considering the soft nature of faience, and the 100 years or so age. There are no chips or cracks. The hinge is strong and the lid fits down tightly. The metal collar is in nice condition, with much of the gilding remaining. There are some ink stains on the collar.
If you only have one piece of faience in your inkwell collection, this is the piece to have! This will also make a great addition to a faience or pottery collection.