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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 116

    A SOUTH ITALIAN LAVA INTAGLIO INSET SERPENTINA MOSCHINATA MARBLE INKSTAND

    FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    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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