The Egyptian 'Isis' inkstand comprises a bronze garniture on a 'pylon'-sloped chest of marble-figured yew with palm-flowered lion monopodia. An 'Egyptian' lioness-head handle embellishes its drawer, while its garniture comprises a bull-headed 'Apis' rhyton or drinking-horn flanked by Naophori priestesses kneeling beside 'cippi' altars that are incised with memorial hieroglyphics.
The same inkstand model, but with an 'or moulu' garniture was acquired in 1810 by George, Prince of Wales, later George IV. It was illustrated in the 'Jutsham' pictorial ledger for the contents of Carlton House, and noted as being purchased from 'Dupasquier' (H. Clifford Smith, Buckingham Palace, London, 1931, p. 203 and pl. 236). A related bronze figure inkstand was acquired by the Prince and listed by the court goldsmith Thomas Garrard in his ledger of 21 June 1803, as 'an inkstand of yew Tree with female figure in bronze holding cornucopia' (M. Levy, 'Taking up the Pen', Country Life, 23 April 1992, pp. 60-62).
The French patterned monopodia also feature on clocks, such as that supplied by the Parisian ébéniste Martin-Eloy Lignereux (see also lot 410 in this sale). However, this inkstand's bronzes are likely to have been executed by Alexis Decaix 'bronze and ormolie [sic.] manufacturer' of Rupert Street, who invoiced the Prince of Wales for 'bronze manufacturers' in April 1803.
Another inkstand of this pattern, but with ormolu rhyton and undecorated altars, was sold anonymously, Christie's South Kensington, 25 October 1989, lot 249.