YELLOW WARE DOG FIGURAL INKWELL AND SANDER, RARE 19TH C, BENNINGTON/ROCKINGHAM ? For Sale
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YELLOW WARE DOG FIGURAL INKWELL AND SANDER, RARE 19TH C, BENNINGTON/ROCKINGHAM ?:
Here's a really charming 19th century yellow ware inkwell. I think it is American, but it is marked on the base only with two sets of ciphers, the impressed number 38 and a smaller set above and undecipherable. The inkwell stands 4" x 7" x 6-1/2." The figure is probably a bulldog and details are excellent. The piece has some gold trim, but it is all on the dog. The two containers are a well for the ink which has some toning and crazing from the ink and a second container which would serve as a sander.The central bowl is probably for trinkets or other desktop items. There is an embossed crest design within the bowl with a blue cabachon, the color of which is mostly worn away. The peice is remarkably free of flaws but for a 1/16" round color fleck on one the left ear of the dog. There is a tiny factory flaw of the same type and of only very slightly larger size on the reverse. The hole in front of the dog could probably used as a pen holder. A dandy early piece in exceptional condition!
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