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Traveling inkwell

Jean-Francois Riel

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


8.7 cm (3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

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A round bombe-form inkwell, the body engraved with swags of berried laurel andwith a chased border of bound reeds. The seperate lid engraved with panels a nd circular rosettes with a mushroom-shaped finial. The inside fitted with a plate supporting three crescent-shaped containers surrounding a central round container, all with seperate lids and loop handles. The round lid fitted with a cork stopper; one of the crescent containers with a pierced panel inside.


Maker's Mark: crowned fleur-de-lys, 2 grains, FR, a heart (Nocq II p 402): Underside of lid, underside of body, undersides of all 4 lids and all 4 bodiesof interior fittings. Warden's Mark: 1771-72, a crowned H (Dennis 37): Under side of body, undersides of all 4 interior fittings, undersides of 3 crescent-shaped lids [not circular lid]. Charge Mark: for large work, 1768-1775, a crowned A (Dennis 37): Underside of lid, Underside of body, undersides of 4 fittings and 4 lids. Discharge Mark: for work intended for export, 1733(?)-1775, alittle cow (Dennis 157): Rim of lid, Underside of body, Rims of 4 fittings, r ims of 3 crescent-shaped lids, handle of round lid. Import Mark: from 1893, and ant in an oval (Rosenberg IV #5907): same places as little cow, except twice on rim of round fitting and not at all on round lid.

Credit Line

Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection