Inkwell

This is a spherical shaped glass inkwell with sterling silver overlay in intricate designs of flowers and plants. The top half of the sphere, which opens horizontally, is the lid.
Artist Unknown
1875-1975
As with most objects of daily use, inkwells could be modest and utilitarian or more fanciful, the latter employing lavish use of precious materials to reflect and enhance the status of the possessor. Inkwells in the UMMA collections demonstrate a rich variety of materials, including silver, crystal, ceramic, and metal. Some pre-date the emergence of the fountain pen, and many mark the transition from a quill or nib pen to the convenience of the pocket pen commonly found today. Inkwells are avidly collected by those who value the artistry that went into the creation of a beautiful object for everyday life.
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.221
Thursday, November 15, 2018