This is a wonderful inkwell that celebrates fall and the harvest. It bears an N and crown mark which was used by Capidimonte, but which was also used by other Italian porcelain makers during the late 1800s and early 1900s. This inkwell is of high quality. The molding and hand painted details on the inkwell itself are very nicely done. It features scantily clad ladies and putti dancing amidst fruit trees. They are accompanied by goat footed fauns playing various instruments. Many of the figures carry grain, fruit or goblets, all symbols of a fruitful harvest. The large attached dish has a hand painted spray of flowers as well as gold trim. The gold rimmed insert is removable.
SIZE: At its widest, the dish measures about 7 7/8 inches, and is about 6 ½ inches deep. Height is about 3 1/2 inches to the top of the gold finial.
CONDITION: The condition of this lovely piece is excellent. There is a bit of rubbing around the shoulder edges where the lid touches. There is a torn label (or possibly two) on the inside of the lid; unfortunately nothing legible remains.
Glaze, paint and gold trip are all in great condition.