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Antique Novelty Silver Bell Inkstand

£6,750

Stock: 10375

Date: 1765 - 1767

Maker: Johann Jakob Adam

Country: Germany

An unusual mid 18th century antique German writing set modelled as 3 fruits sitting on vine leaf. It comprises a...

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Description

Description

An unusual mid 18th century antique German writing set modelled as 3 fruits sitting on vine leaf. It comprises a pomegranate inkwell and cover, an apple pounce pot, and the pear shaped bell acts as the cover of the nib box. Rising from the centre is a tall naturalistic cast silver taperstick with leafy drip pan. Excellent weight and quality modelling.

Weight 819g, 26.3 troy oz.
Height 15.2cm. Base 21.5cm x 19.5cm.
Augsburg, Germany.
1765-67.
Maker Johann Jakob Adam.

Marks. Stamped with Augsburg date letter “R” and maker’s mark on the candlestick drip pan, leaf stand and the bell.

Provenance. Sold by the heirs of Margarete Oppenheim, Berlin in Sotheby’s London 4th December 2012.

Condition

This charming desk set is in very good condition. All pieces are original and fully functional. Shows minor wear commensurate with age. The inkpot still has traces of ink inside.

Maker Information

Maker: Johann Jakob Adam

Johann Jakob Adam (ca. 1720–1791, master 1748) working in Augsburg, Germany during the 18th century. Johann Jakob specialised in silver with designs from nature.

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