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French Bronze and Marble Inkwell

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Item Details

  • Width:
    20 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    9 1/4 Inches
  • Depth:
    11 Inches
  • Period:
    18th Century
  • Origin:
    France
Crafted of brilliant doré bronze and fine brocatelle marble, this wonderful Napoleon III-period inkwell is as functional as it is beautiful. In a style reminiscent of Louis XV Rococo, two acanthus leaf urns, an inkwell and powder shaker, are joined by soldierly putto upon the serpentine marble base. This well-balanced design is enhanced by the exceptional quality of materials and skillful execution. A revival of the luxurious Louis XV style took place in France in the mid 19th century. It came about as part of the preference during this period, known as the Second Empire, for a mixture of styles from previous centuries. Largely due to the influence of Emperor Napoleon III, who wished to have his name associated with the classical grandeur of Rome and cement his place in French history. Pieces from this period are highly prized, as artisans exhibited not only an incredible grasp of a wide variety of style, but an immense talent for innovation as well.

Circa 1860

20 ½" wide x 11" deep x 9 ¼" high

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