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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 49

    A SOUTH ITALIAN LAVA INTAGLIO-INSET SERPENTINA MOSCHINATA MARBLE INKWELL

    NAPLES, MID-19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SOUTH ITALIAN LAVA INTAGLIO-INSET SERPENTINA MOSCHINATA MARBLE INKWELL
    NAPLES, MID-19TH CENTURY
    The segmented lid set with lava portrait relief cameos of poets and centred by a knob handle set with a further portrait medallion, the circular gadrooned base inset with gilt-brass mounted glass liners, the lid with repaired breaks
    3 in. (7.5 cm.) high; 4½ in. (11.5 cm.) diameter


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    Comparable Neapolitan desk-garniture inkstands provided popular Grand Tour souvenirs with cameos of classical, Renaissance and 'modern' poets, carved in variously-coloured lava of Mount Vesuvius. A closely-related inkstand was sold anonymously, 'Thomas Hope and the Neoclassical Vision', Christie's, London, 24 April 2008, lot 116, while two related sets of variously-sized inkstands were sold from 'Un Hôtel Particulier du Faubourg Saint-Germain: the Collection of the Marquis and Marquise de Ravenel', Christie's, London, 21-22 November 2007, lots 86 and 88 (£8,125 and £7,500 with premium, respectively).

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