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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Inkwell

ca. 1795 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Inkwell of soft-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. With a nearly cylindrical body and slightly concave sides, short narrow neck, and four holes for pens round the shoulder, and inscribed with 'A Trifle from LOWESTOFT', enclosed within a panel of rococo scrollwork. On the reverse side of the body are sprays of flowers and two insects, and round the shoulder and inside the mouth are formal borders in Chinese style.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Soft-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue
Brief description
Inkwell of soft-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue, probably painted by R. Allen, made by Lowestoft porcelain factory, Lowestoft, ca. 1795
Physical description
Inkwell of soft-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. With a nearly cylindrical body and slightly concave sides, short narrow neck, and four holes for pens round the shoulder, and inscribed with 'A Trifle from LOWESTOFT', enclosed within a panel of rococo scrollwork. On the reverse side of the body are sprays of flowers and two insects, and round the shoulder and inside the mouth are formal borders in Chinese style.
Dimensions
  • Height: 6.4cm
  • Diameter: 7.9cm
Marks and inscriptions
'A Trifle / from / LOWESTOFT' (On the side of the body)
Credit line
Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber
Object history
Purchased by Lady Charlotte Schreiber from Mr Dack, Peterborough, for £1 5 shillings in April 1881
Subjects depicted
Other number
Sch. I 453 - Schreiber number
Collection
Accession number
414:797-1885

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Record createdJanuary 15, 2009
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