This is one of the most interesting decorations I’ve seen on any porcelain piece. Done in black and orange-brown with gold highlights, it depicts a Chinese dragon, two butterflies and what sort of look like ginkgo leaves. There is metal trim on the mouth and lid of the piece and its hinge is still very movable. From the marks on the bottom, it appears to be French, made, perhaps by the forerunner of the GDA company that formed around 1900, The scripted makers mark on the bottom looks like it could read GD. I can’t find a country of origin in the mark, which could place it before 1891. There is also an H in gold on the bottom, indicating who the decorator of this piece was. The inkwell is 3” tall and its diameter is 2 7/8” inches. It does have an insert that is quite old, but I don’t know if it’s original; there is a chip on the lip. The inkwell is in excellent condition for its age; the bottom is a little rough with one small, very old chip in it. There are also ink stains on the mouth and inside, but that just proves it was used. Other than that, the glaze is still very shiny.
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Interesting Old Hand Decorated French Inkwell with Chinese Motif