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Inkwell

Inkwell

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775-1791 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clignancourt porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Cazenove

  • Museum number:

    C.542&A-1921

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 27, shelf 1 []

This porcelain inkstand, made by the Clignancourt factory in Paris, is a luxury object that would have sat on the writing desk of its wealthy owner. It has been fittingly decorated in the latest neo-classical style with a running borders of laurel leaves and swagged flower garlands, typical of the restrained and pretty version of neo-classicism made popular by Queen Marie-Antoinette. The Sèvres factory produced many items in this style, not least dinner services for the Queen and her husband, King Louis XVI in the early 1780s. The inkstand has a cylindrical hole for the separate ink well in the centre, and applied to the exterior, vertical quill-holders shaped like quivers and elliptical containers for sponges used for wiping the tips of quill pens.

The Clignancourt porcelain factory made many luxury items of this type, often copying the more famous (and expensive) Sèvres factory. Located in the Paris suburbs, Clignancourt was set up by the entrepreneur Pierre Deruelle in about 1771. In 1775 it received the protection of Monsieur, the younger brother of the King, or Louis Stanislas Xavier, Comte de Provence, to give him his full title.

Physical description

Porcelain inkwell within inkstand with handle, two lips and pen-holders around the outer edge. Decorated in gilt with a green border and floral swags painted in enamels.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1775-1791 (made)

Artist/maker

Clignancourt porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilt

Marks and inscriptions

'LSX' in monogram
Stencilled in red enamel

Dimensions

Height: 2⅜ in imperial measurement from register, Width: 7⅝ in maximum imperial measurement from register

Object history note

The 'LSX' mark refers to the initials of the factory's royal patron, Monsieur, the Comte de Provence's christian names, Louis Stanislas Xavier.

Descriptive line

Inkwell and inkstand, green leaf and floral swag decoration with gilt, Clignancourt porcelain factory, Paris, ca. 1775-1791

Materials

Hard paste porcelain

Techniques

Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Flowers (plants); Swags (design element)

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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