Antique French Rouen Faience inkwell, pen rest or encrier signed with the Emile Fourmaintraux mark on bottom. Charming and colorful this 19th century French hand painted beautiful tin glazed inkwell has it all. Made by one of the premier makers in Desvres, France of colorful, fanciful pottery, Emile Fourmaintraux, one of the brothers of the Fourmaintraux dynasty.
It is 4.5" square x 2" high. The design and colors with the pale blue underglaze are typical of the "Old Rouen"pieces.
This is in very good condition. There are no chips or cracks other than typical wear on the edges which is consistent with it's age. There is an 1/8th", very old chip on the underneath.
This is a lovely item to have on one's desk or on top of books, you could also use it on a vanity and put small brushes in it.