A truly magnificent and exceptionally large, silver gilt, naturalistic desk inkstand. The inkstand is in a shell form with hand chased, naturalistic decoration throughout. The inkstand has a elegantly designed quill or pen tray incorporated with raised naturalistic wells for additional highlights. The inkstand also has a detachable taperstick, which also echoes the naturalistic style. The feet of the inkstand are Rococo style and the bottles are ornately formed. The lids of the bottles are detachable and bear an elaborate initial with a coronet above.