18th Century Silver Inkwell
18th Century Silver Inkwell
18th Century Silver Inkwell
18th Century Silver Inkwell
18th Century Silver Inkwell
18th Century Silver Inkwell

JAMES YOUNG (worked 1760-c.1795)

18th Century Silver Inkwell

1782 England

Offered by M. S. Rau Antiques

US$49,500 usd
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This superlative, Georgian-period silver inkwell was crafted by 18th-century London silversmith James Young. Of exceptional size and quality, this large inkwell is perfectly appointed to draft important correspondence, complete with a sand shaker and compartments for writing utensils. A masterpiece of the restrained Georgian style, the inkwell bears the marital coat-of-arms of the Gresley and Coventry families with the motto “Meliore fyde quam fortuna,” or “With better fidelity than fortune.” Hallmarked London, 1782 11 1/4” wide x 7 1/2” deep x 5 1/2” high The armorial bearings almost certainly commemorate the marriage of Sir Roger Gresley, the 8th Baronet of Drakelowe, and Lady Sophia Coventry, youngest daughter of the 7th Earl of Coventry, in 1821.
Dimensions
Height 5.50 inch (13.97 cm)
Width 7.25 inch (18.41 cm)
Stock Code
29-4659
Medium
Silver
Signed/Inscribed
Hallmarked London, 1782
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