Inkstand

English (London)
1792–93
Marked by John Robins (free 1771, died in 1831)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H.15.7 cm (6 3/16 in.); Weight: 272.2 gm (8oz 15 dwt)

Accession Number

57.60a-c

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The inkstand is in the form of a globe and stand, resting on a spreading circular foot with simple cast scallops, floral swags, and a string of beading around the perimeter. It is assembled from pieces of sheet and tooled wire. The finial serves as a latch to unlock the two sides of the globe, which split open to reveal a frame holding cut-glass bottles for ink and for pounce. The finial of the globe stand is egg-shaped with chased leaves on the lower half.

Markings

On underside, sovereign's head (repeated twice on globe, interior near bottle); date letter r; leopard's head crowned; lion passant (repeated twice on globe, interior near bottle and on frame); maker's mark IR (Grimwade 1623) (repeated twice on globe, interior near bottle and on frame).

Provenance

Lent by Dr. George Clymer, March 10, 1939, transferred to Mrs. George Clymer; Anonymous, August 28, 1956; Gift in Memory of Dr. George Clymer by his wife, Mrs. Clymer to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 10, 1957)

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Dr. George Clymer by his wife, Mrs. Clymer