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Cut crystal inkwell with a Sheffield silver lid

Artist Unknown

Artwork Details

Cut crystal inkwell with a Sheffield silver lid
Artist Unknown
glass, metal
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 3 in. (8.89 x 8.89 x 7.62 cm)
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family

On Display

Not currently on display


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:

Glass inkwell with a circular metal cap. It has a square shape but the edges billow outward toward the base area and the bottom edges are rounded.

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