George II Silver Inkstand


Stock: 9573

Date: 1742

Maker: Peter Archambo

Country: England

A rare early English silver inkstand of plain rectangular design raised on four ball and claw feet. Sterling silver. Mounted...

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A rare early English silver inkstand of plain rectangular design raised on four ball and claw feet. Sterling silver. Mounted on top are two cylindrical containers for ink and sand and a small detachable candlestick. Engraved to the top with a coat of arms, the two pots and taperstick with a crest.

Weight 780 grams, 25 troy ounces.

Height 9.5cm. Length 20.5cm. Width 13.5cm.

London 1742.

Maker Peter Archambo.

The arms are for Phillip, 2nd Earl of Stanhope F.R.S (1714-1786), who succeeded to the title on the death of his father in 1720.

The inkstand did not enter into common household use until the 18th century. The main requirement was a container for ink and another for sand (or pounce) which was used for drying the ink. Also required was a space to put quills. Some inkstands also incorporated a taper stick for melting sealing wax or even a bell.

Provenance. With N. Bloom & Son (November 1966).


The inkstand is in very good condition. Stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks below the stand and underneath the two pots, the two lids with lion mark only, the candlestick with lion (rubbed) and maker’s mark. The engravings still retain good definition – the stand has a full armorial with motto, the two pots and chamberstick have the matching crest. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of these items.

Maker Information

Maker: Peter Archambo

Son of a Huguenot (Archambaud), Peter Archambo was apprenticed to Huguenot maker Jacob Margas 1710, free of the Butchers Company 1720. First mark (Britannia) entered as largeworker 1721. Second mark (Sterling) 1722. 3rd mark 1739. Peter married Elizabeth Trube in 1722-23, his son Peter II was born in 1724. Died c.1767. Archambo is considered an important maker of the period and worked extensively for George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington. His works include a remarkable wine urn 1728, a wine cistern 1729, and much dinner plate, salvers, sauceboats and baskets. Archambo is credited (alongside other distinguished compatriots) with helping to introduce the rococo style into England. His work is described as French in influence. Archambo’s son Peter Archambo II, apprenticed to Paul de Lamerie 1738, turned over to his father same day, free 1747. Mark entered in partnership with his cousin Peter Meure as largeworkers 1750. Died 1768.

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