FIDELITY: THREE INKSTANDS

FIDELITY: THREE INKSTANDS

1820 Continental

Offered by Charles Plante Fine Arts

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To be executed in gilt bronze

The first with a boy and his dog, his hat as the inkpot cover, the sand box in the form of an iron-bound trunk, the hand-bell to the opposing end; the other two Inkstands cylindrical and square, both topped by a hand-bell cover 6in - 10in. high

A dog has from Antiquity commonly been a symbol of faithfulness and so is the attribute of Fidelity personified, standing for the trust between master and servant: here alluding to the hand-bell for summoning a servant to hand deliver a letter.

A related inkstand with the same kneeling amorino was sold at Christie's London, June 8, 1989, lot 15.
Dimensions
Height 50.30 cm (19.80 inches)
Width 68.00 cm (26.77 inches)
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and ink, on laid paper
Charles Plante Fine Arts

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