Baccarat Crystal Nautical Inkwell

  • A stunning Art Nouveau mermaid graces this Baccarat crystal and doré bronze inkwell
  • This large crystal specimen takes the form of a rolling wave
  • The doré bronze ink pots take the form of a conch shell and nautical instrument
  • Richly detailed, this inkwell is a true masterwork from this world-renowned company
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Item No. 29-9191

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This extraordinary crystal inkwell from the renowned Baccarat is a piece of exquisite charm and grace. Known as the Encrier La Vague, or "The Wave Inkwell," this model was exhibited by Baccarat at the Exposition International de l'Est de la France in Nancy in 1909. It recalls similar works created by the famed sculptor Paul Aubé, who exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon beginning in 1892.

Featuring a doré bronze mermaid languishing upon the crest of a rolling wave, it effortlessly embodies the organic movement so treasured by Art Nouveau sensibilities. Lidded doré bronze ink receptacles in the shape of a conch shell and nautical instrument perfectly complement the swooning siren, skillfully combining beauty and function. Richly detailed, this inkwell is a true masterwork from this world-renowned company.

Other examples of this model are illustrated in Baccarat: Une Manufacture Française by D. Sautot and Baccarat: La Légende du Cristal by M. Lerch and D. Morel.

15" wide x 8 1/2" deep x 6 1/2" high

Circa 1910
The crashing wave of this outstanding inkwell is carved Baccarat crystal
Period: 20th Century
Origin: France
Type: Inkwell/Desk set
Depth: 8.5 Inches
Width: 15.0 Inches
Height: 6.5 Inches
Style: Art Nouveau

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