Antique Victorian Ornate Ormolu Ink Well With Acorn Lid c.1850
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This is a wonderfully ornate antique ormolu inkwell featuring a detachable glass ink bottle. It has a silver-plated collar and an acorn finial hinged lid putting us in mind of that old adage ‘from little acorns, mighty oaks do grow’. Maybe this piece was designed with the intention to remind Victorian writers of this fact.
This Victorian inkwell dates from around 1850 and is Sheffield silver plate and the circular base is decorated with open floral scrollwork raised on four ball and claw feet. Old Sheffield plate was first invented around 1740 but it had to wait until 1784 to be legally recognised and given a proper mark by an Act of Parliament. This plating technique was replaced by electroplating methods in around 1840 and Sheffield Plate ceased production in the 1860s.
You will see that this lovely item is in excellent condition if you take a few moments to look at the photographs in the gallery we have provided for your perusal.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 21 x Width 20 x Depth 20
Dimensions in inches:
Height 8 inches x Width 8 inches x Depth 8 inches
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 08403
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