This delicate inkwell was definitely meant for a lady’s desk. It is made of porcelain in the shape of a hexagon. Three panels are cut out in an intricate design. The other three panels are decorated with hand painted violets. Violets decorate the lift off lid as well. The mossy green color on top and around the base, along with the violets, evokes springtime. It currently has a milk glass insert which we believe is not the original. It is European – possibly French – dating to the end of the 1800s or possibly very early 1900s.
SIZE: Diameter at the base is about 3 1/8 inches. Diameter at the top is slightly less at about 2 7/8 inches. It is about 3 3/4 inches high to the top of the finial.
CONDITION: Condition is very good. There are a couple of tiny spots where glaze is missing on the finial and a couple more that feel a bit rough under the edge of the lid. These are definitely spots of missing glaze and not chips in the porcelain. And there are larger missing glaze areas under the lid where the loose lid would have moved around. The insert has some ink stains, which show a few fine hairline cracks. The violet decoration is 100 percent intact. The gold trim is rubbed away in places.
This inkwell displays nicely and would look lovely on a French provincial desk as well as displayed in a collection of inkwells.