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Antique French Ormolu & Shagreen Encrier Inkwell

A charming early 19th century French ormolu encrier. The figure of Chronus, his arm resting on an hourglass & holding a scythe, is seated in the stern of a gilded boat propelled by Eros, standing on the prow. The shagreen base, depicting the sea, lifting off to reveal a bronze interior with sand sifter, pair of glass inkwells (replaced) and a pen tray. Retaining the original gilding and bronze patination.

Height 9” (23cm)

Width 6 1/4” (15.7cm)

Depth 3 1/2” (8.8cm)


Circa 1820