Hand Carved Inkwell Bear Shape with Rare Gnome Pen Black Forest
This beautiful ink well has a rare bear shape. No, I do not say that Black Forest bears are rare, far from it! Bears are one of the most popular motifs of Black Forest carvings. But this sitting bear with detailed and perfect molded body is rare.
The head is fine modelled, glass eyes and open mouth showing his teeth.
The fellow is sitting; his upper paws are stretched-out. The paws can be used as holder for the darling fountain pen. This pen is very rare: firstly, as this kind of fragile items is hard to find (mostly are damaged) and secondly because it has the shape of a gnome.
A lovely example of Black Forest carvings in very good condition. The head of the bear is movable and hides a small ink receptacle; some fine chips to the edges to report.
The ink well measures 4.4 inches in height. The pen has a length of 8 inches.
Provenance Germany ca. 1880/1900.