Silver Gilt and Mother-of-Pearl Inkwell

  • This English Palais Royale-style double inkwell is crafted of engraved mother of pearl
  • The box is mounted in fine gilt silver and contains two glass ink bottles
  • Boxes sold in the Palais Royal area of Paris are among the most sought after antique boxes today
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Item No. 29-5477

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This extremely rare English Palais Royale-style double inkwell is crafted of engraved mother of pearl and mounted in fine gilt silver. Inside, two glass ink bottles sit securely in their fitted slots. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the quality of one’s writing implements reflected one’s cultural and social status. Items like inkwells began to be made of the finest materials, such as gold, silver, fine porcelain and, like this lovely inkwell, rare mother of pearl.

Boxes sold in the Palais Royal area of Paris in the late 18th and early 19th centuries are among the most exquisite and highly collectible antique boxes today. Essentially a traveling kit for royalty and usually crafted of luxurious mother of pearl, these boxes contained a variety of tools, from sewing and toiletry necessities to writing and painting tools.

Underside engraved “Callow of Mound St. Mayfair"

Circa 1915

7" wide x 5" deep x 2 3/4" high
Silver Gilt and Mother-of-Pearl Inkwell
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Inkwell/Desk set

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