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A REGENCY REVIVAL ORMOLU AND SLATE INKWELL
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 1… Read more PROPERTY FROM LA CHASSE, JERSEY LOTS 215-309 Mrs Black was one of Jersey's most elegant residents and a keen collector of pictures, furniture and objets d'art. She and her husband, Major Peter Black, had moved to Jersey in the 1970s from a beautiful house in Cheshire and they continued to collect for their new house. The undoubted star of the collection is a very rare 19th century Anglo Indian ivory-veneered Davenport desk which is signed by Yendapilly Veraslingum, the Vizagapatam craftsman who made it (lot 252). In the tradition of engraved ivory that had begun for the earliest English settlers in India, this davenport desk is one of very few recorded and one of only two that are signed by their brilliant maker. Mrs Black's drawing room was exceptionally light and the ivory desk complemented that. Two magnificent mahogany pier tables of the highest quality were in more masculine rooms in the house (lots 240 and 241).
A REGENCY REVIVAL ORMOLU AND SLATE INKWELL

LATE 19TH EARLY 20TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF THOMAS MESSENGER

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A REGENCY REVIVAL ORMOLU AND SLATE INKWELL
LATE 19TH EARLY 20TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF THOMAS MESSENGER
In the form of a dolphin holding a shell enclosing detachable compartments and a well on a black slate and ormolu base
7¾ in. (18.5 cm.) high
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A similar dolphin-borne 'shell' inkstand was sold from the Coke Collection from Jenkyn Place, Christie's South Kensington, 17 October 1996, lot 5. A related model, with pearl-decked lid, was offered anonymously, Christie's South Kensington, 16 November 1995, lot 1, while another is illustrated in N. Penny, Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1992, vol. II. p. 202, cat. no. 415.
Thomas Messenger and Sons were primarily lamp manufacturers and had a metal foundry in Birmingham (see C. Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall, Leeds, 1998, p. 606).

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