24 April 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 5,000
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
A SOUTH ITALIAN LAVA INTAGLIO INSET SERPENTINA MOSCHINATA MARBLE INKSTAND
FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY
The circular gadrooned base inset with gilt-brass mounted glass liners, the segmented lid set with lava portrait relief cameos of poets, centred by a knob handle set with a further circular portrait medallion
3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high; 6¼ in. (16 cm.) diameter
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Such 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.
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