Inkstand

English
1803
Attributed to Alexis Decaix (French, d. 1811)


Dimensions

Length x width: 31.8 x 26.7 cm (12 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2010.1039

Medium or Technique

Gilt and patinated bronze; wood

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Decorative arts

This inkstand stand belongs to a group associated with the leading bronze-mount manufacturer of the Georgian era Alexis Decaix and closely relates to a yew wood example acquired by the Prince of Wales, later George IV.

The design of the mounts has strong affinities with the engravings illustrated in Thomas Hope’s seminal publication, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration of 1807 which includes the introductory reference:
`Throughout this vast metropolis, teeming as it does with artificers and tradesman I have, after the most laborious search, only been able to find…(one man)…to whose industry and talent I could …confide the execution of the more
enriched portion of my designs: namely Decaix…a bronzist and native of France…’

Provenance

Late 1980s, H. Blairman and Sons, London. Acquired on the London art market by Horace Wood Brock, New York; 2010, gift of Horace Wood Brock to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 26, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace Wood Brock