This cheerful porcelain inkwell has a lot going for it: it has two ink pots with inserts and lids, the base has half nudes on the corners and in the center is a display of four putti or cherubs who are drinking something. There is a gilded place for a pen and the front and back have a face each. The pots have more putti and nautical themes. The piece is marked FBS, which stands for Ferdinand Bong & Co Successors. They were importers of European good between 1890 and 1930, which dates the piece. Since this piece was made in Italy it is likely to have been made in the Capodimonte style. The condition of the piece is good: there is some gilt loss to the tops of the lids of the pots and the pen holder. The underside is marked as shown and has some faint crazing, the top does not.
Measurements are: 12 1/4" by 7 1/2" and 5 1/2" tall.
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Antique Capodimonte Style Porcelain Inkwell With Putti and Nymphs