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Kangxi porcelain famille verte inkwell Frnch gilt metal mounts

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Category
Period
Reference
5205
Height
9 cm (3 1/2")
Width
14 cm (5 1/2")
Depth
9 cm (3 1/2")
Chinese early 18th century famille verte inkwell with 18th century French engraved ormalou mounts with the original glass ink liners inside.

the base is incised and moulded to show on the front a carp amongst wavesin a cartouche within a geometric design. The sides are painted with an aquatic plant and the back is plain with a black outline of a mountainous landscape.

the carp is jumping out of the water and it was believed that carp when they became large enough would mutate into a dragon by rolling on to the back and leaping out.

The french metal work has been incised with a chinoserie design. and has been added well. The ink wells lifts out as one item and reveal a compartment underneath that has been used to stor and keep knibbs and penknives and other things for writing with. This meant that the base would have been hollow originally but has been covered over on the base.

Excellent piece
Height
9 cm (3 1/2")
Width
14 cm (5 1/2")
Depth
9 cm (3 1/2")
Year
c 1700
Medium
porcelain
Country
China
Provenance
From the LAdy Ionedies collection. Who collected antiques with Queen Mary
Condition
Condition is good but there is a crack on the back of the inkwell. Minor frits to the edges