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Inkstand - Inkstand with a reclining woman

Inkstand with a reclining woman

  • Object:

    Inkstand

  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)
    Flanders (region) (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.38-1939

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 10, shelf 3

The style of this inkstand suggests that it was made by a French sculptor familiar with the work of the Italian goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. Cellini was in Paris between 1540 and 1545. The fleur-de-lis pattern and the stars can be seen in textile decoration of the period.

Physical description

A figure of a woman in clinging drapery reclining on a rectangular base. Her right arm is round the inkwell which is in the form of a drum ornmented in relief with a frieze of semi-human figures, the bodies terminating in leaves. In front is an elaborate coat of arms.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)
Flanders (region) (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 11.5 cm, Height: 21.5 cm, Width: 8.5 cm, Weight: 2.56 kg

Object history note

Bought from Mr Alfred Spero for £40 with the funds of the Webb Trust.

Descriptive line

Bronze inkstand with a reclining woman, Bronze, French or Flemish, ca. 1600

Production Note

French or Flemish

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Casting

Subjects depicted

Woman; Coat of arms; Leaves

Categories

Household objects; Sculpture; Containers

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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