Silver Gilt Inkstand by William Bateman II

  • This incredible silver gilt inkstand was created by William Bateman II
  • William is considered the last of the Bateman silversmithing dynasty
  • His proficiency in silver and William IV-era aesthetics is on full display in this piece
  • Incredible workmanship and skill distinguish this masterpiece of 19th-century silver
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Item No. 30-7686

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The unbridled boldness of William IV-period silver design is on full display in this grand silver gilt inkstand by William Bateman II. Hailing from one of the most legendary silversmithing families in England, William dutifully continues in the Bateman legacy of creating exceptional works of silver artistry, of which this inkstand is certainly counted.

Exhibiting brilliant applied, engraved and chased work, a prominent oak leaf motif punctuated by acorns dominates the aesthetics of this piece. The inkwell, pounce pot, and quill pot are formed to resemble covered urns with the addition of floral garlands and quatrefoil accents. The three vessels rest atop their base distinguished by gadrooned handles and scrolling feet centered by lion masks and paws. Distinctive among 18th- and 19th-century silver, the designs prevalent in William IV pieces exude a stately elegance that Bateman captures with tremendous skill.

 William Bateman II, the great-grandson of the famed Hester Bateman, is considered the last of the dynasty of Bateman silversmiths. Though his creations differ stylistically from those of his 18th-century ancestors, the incredible, high-caliber workmanship and outstanding skill that serve as the foundation of the Bateman oeuvre are ever-present within William's silver.

Hallmarked London, 1832

14 1/4" wide x 8 3/4" deep x 10" high
Silver Gilt Inkstand by William Bateman II
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Inkstands
Depth: 8.75 Inches
Width: 14.25 Inches
Height: 10.0 Inches
Style: Regency

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