Extant complete 18th century French inkstands are extremely rare. Examples in museums include the superb one made by Thomas Germain in 1746 for the Portuguese Cardinal da Cunha which is now part of the collection of the Louvre Museum, Paris. They rarely appear on the market. One, incomplete, with maker's mark of François Joubert, Paris, 1769 was sold in Paris on 16 June, 1986 by Ader, Picard, Tajan. The David-Weill Collection included two inkstands, also incomplete, one by Aymé Joubert, Paris, 1704, the other by Jacques Malquis le Quin, Paris, 1749 (Ader, Picard and Ader, Palais Galliera, Paris, pt. I, 4 June, 1971, lot 31 and pt. II, 24 November, 1971, lot 59 respectively).
The Montpellier exhibition (cat. op. cit. no. 58) included a second inkstand, by Pierre Belleville on wood base, but it was yet again incomplete.