A really nice empire style inkwell made by one of the Paris area makers in the 19th century. The blue and gold combination is always nice but here we have a great shape on top of it and it makes for a really stunning piece! There is an eagle head to either end of the piece with lots of detail to it and fully gilded. Raised relief gold trim on white ground to the top edge with a fancy raised design to the front and back on blue ground. The foot has a gold trim to the edge - it is attached to the main body with a metal piece as shown.
There are two inserts - nice to still have them. One has four holes to it and a little central finial and the other a large and a small hole with a little handle to one side. Both of these come out. The main body has a little holder for the quill that is white with gold trim - it is permanently attached and there is a little white area to the front to lay something down on.
The piece is in superb condition - one of the inserts has a chip to the edge as shown - it either never fully came off or has been reglued nicely with the white areas colored in a bit. Very little wear at all to the piece. The glaze in that white area up top has been scratched a bit to remove something - possibly a stain or firing spot and the underside glaze also has a large area where it was sanded or ground down likely to remove a maker's mark. The piece displays perfectly and looks amazing!It is 5.625 inches tall, about 8 inches wide and just over 4 inches deep. If you like my goodies have a look at my other auctions for a lot more top maker pieces like Limoges, Sevres and so on. Photos are part of the description - if you need others just let me know exactly what you are looking for and I'll take care of it speedily! Please do not send me questions on items other than my own! This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Inkwells". The seller is "kpmisbetter" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.