Inkwell

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

GUSN

GUSN-36240

Description

Circular green marble inkwell [a] with cover [b] and removeable glass inkwell [c]. Circular base has fluted sides. Interior has three small holes outlined by a brass ring and a central ink holder also rimmed in brass. Cover is inset with five cameos, four on lid and one on finial outlined with brass. Cameos are made of unidentifiable material (ceramic?) in different colors - white, black, and shades of brown. Cameos depict historic scholarly figures.

Details

Descriptive Terms

inkwells
marble (rock)
brass (alloy)
cameos
Inkwell

Inscription

"White-Petrach / Black-Boccaccio / Chocolate-Gallileo / Red-Dante" (Black ink on paper label. Note: the label only describes four cameos, although the object has four. And the tan, not the red, is Dante. And the black appears not to be Bocaccio but someone later. )

Additional Identification Number

1933.1805ABC

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Written Communication T&E

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Helen B. Gilman

Accession Number

1933.1805A-C