Antique Novelty Silver Bell Inkstand, Augsburg 1765

GBP 6,750.00

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Object 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.
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.

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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Object History

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

Object 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.

Object Details

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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