"Honi soit qui mal y pense" (shamed be he who thinks evil of it —motto of the Order of the Garter)
Randolph (dealer), Suffolk; sold by Randolph to H. Blairman and Sons, London [see note 1]. Acquired on the London art market by Horace Wood Brock, New York; 2007, gift of Horace Wood Brock to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 23, 2008) NOTES:  This may be the inkstand illustrated by Martin Levy, "Taking up the Pen," Country Life 186, no. 17 (April 23, 1992): p. 62, fig. 6. Mr. Levy has confirmed that Blairman had acquired two similar inkstands a few years apart.
Gift of Horace Wood Brock