Inkstand

English (London)
1756–57
Marked by Edward Aldridge (first mark 1724, died by 1766), Marked by John Stamper (free 1739–1740)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

6.8 x 17 x 9.2 cm (2 11/16 x 6 11/16 x 3 5/8 in.) Weight: 388.4 gm (12 oz 10 dwt)

Accession Number

1976.662a-c

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The rectangular inkstand rests on four cast scrolled feet. It has straight sides, formed from rectangular sections of sheet, pierced with geometric fretwork. The flat base is secured by a hammered flange to the vertical sides of the inkstand. Square compartments defined by similar pierced panels contain small glass jars with silver covers for ink and pounce.

Inscription

ARMORIALS: engraved on stand, the motto of Lyttleton quartering Westcote, Talbot, and Beaufort, impaling Rich, for Sir George Lyttleton, fifth Baronet, as first Baron Lyttleton of Frankley, co Worcester (1709-1773) and his second wife, Elizabeth, (1716-1795) daughter of Sir Rober Rich of Roos Hall, co. Suffolk.

Markings

On underside, date letter A; leopard's head crowned; lion passant; maker's mark EA with I above and S below (Grimwade 528) .

Provenance

Bequest of Barbara Boylston Bean to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 8, 1976)

Credit Line

Bequest of Barbara Boylston Bean