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Brush inkwell, sterling silver overlay, ribbon glass with sterling silver lid, marked “Gorham”

Artist Unknown

Artwork Details

Brush inkwell, sterling silver overlay, ribbon glass with sterling silver lid, marked “Gorham”
1875-1975
Artist Unknown
glass and metal
5 5/16 in. x 3 9/16 in. x 3 9/16 in. ( 13.5 cm x 9 cm x 9 cm )
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.239

On Display

Not currently on display

Description

Subject Matter:

As with most objects of daily use, inkwells could be modest and utilitarian or more fanciful, the latter employing lavish use of precious materials to reflect and enhance the status of the possessor. Inkwells in the UMMA collections demonstrate a rich variety of materials, including silver, crystal, ceramic, and metal. Some pre-date the emergence of the fountain pen, and many mark the transition from a quill or nib pen to the convenience of the pocket pen commonly found today. Inkwells are avidly collected by those who value the artistry that went into the creation of a beautiful object for everyday life.

Physical Description:

This is a clear glass inkwell with sterling silver overlay. The body is oval shaped with a diagonal swirl design. The design has an alternating glass and silver swirl pattern. The collar and lid are silver. The lid has a diagonal swirl design that rises to a peak.

Usage Rights:

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