Posted 3 months ago
I bought this ink well at auction a few years ago, interested because it's an ink, has a turtle face, and additionally because the auctioneer was pushing it hard as an addition to the main event (it was not listed with other items to be auctioned). My sense is that it may be a fake or repro but I love it and would like to know more about it one way or the other.
The metal lid and base look like bronze but I suspect they are brass with great patina. The hinge holding the lid on appears well-made and old. Like the outside, the inside of the "pot" is glazed, with a few inkstains inside, which do not appear to rise more than a half-inch or so up the sides. Around the lid, the pottery is lightly shaped and painted to look like a turtle's shell, and the brass lid has a lovely little scallop design, probably also meant to resemble the plates in a turtle shell. As pictured, the metal base is decorative, and the entire inkwell is weighted with some sort of plaster material -- unless the "plaster" is meant to serve some other purpose than weighting. I have a few other ink wells but they are primitive American -- nothing like this.
All you knowledgeable folk, please give me some guidance as to what I bought!