A Fine French Directoire Inkstand
A Fine French Directoire Inkstand
A Fine French Directoire Inkstand

A Fine French Directoire Inkstand

c. 1810 France

Offered by Frank Partridge

£75,000 gbp
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Rectangular white statuary marble inkstand with elaborate gilt bronze mounts applied to the sides backed by red velvet. The surface has three ink containers with ormolu lids and a cut out valley for the pens, resting on ormolu turned bun feet.


The ormolu frieze is considered by Pierre Verlet to have been the property of the marchand-mercier Daguerre who was known to have employed Remond to make them. Peter Hughes illustrates a work table in the Wallace Collection, No. 218, as an example of the frieze used by Weisweiller. Daguerre also used these mounts on a lacquer secretaire made for the King at Versailles in 1784 and also on a pair of secretaires and commode made for the King of Naples in 1790. The King of Naples then commissioned a lacquer roll top desk using the same mounts in 1792.

There is an identical inkstand, but 1 cm smaller both in width and height, at the
J. Paul Getty Museum, illustration 187 in the Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts.

Bremer-Davi, Summary, No. 181, p 109, illus.

Another identical inkstand was commissioned by Count Nikolai Sheremetev who built Ostankino, outside Moscow, between 1792-93 enlarged 1796 and 1798. He filled it with both Russian and French decorative pieces.
Height 8.50 cm (3.35 inches)
Width 45.00 cm (17.72 inches)
Depth 25.00 cm (9.84 inches)
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