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An important George III Neo Classical Adam Four Bottle Inkstand. Made in London in 1789 by Henry Chawner.


The Inkstand has a large boat shaped base with Onslow scroll ends and a reeded rim. This piece has four scroll panel feet decorated with acanthus spears and displaying a reeded edge. The two central cut glass inkwells, have beautiful cages which stand on hoof feet and which are decorated with rams head masks. The two outer bottles have reeded cages and were probably for pounce. All the removable covers have finely pierced tops. The centre displays a taperstick, for sealing the letters, attached to the cages with acanthus supports. The stand is engraved with two contemporary inscriptions, William Conyer to William Hayley and Hayley to Rose - the tribute of joyous gratitude to eloquent friendship, all surrounded by crossed laurel branch cartouches. This piece is very well marked on the base and on all of the cages and covers. This is an important Inkstand, which may well have come from the design books of Robert Adam.

Length: 15.5 inches, 38.75cm.

Width: 6 inches, 15cm.

Height: 8 inches, 20cm.

Weight: 46oz.