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Sarcophagus-shaped inkstand

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"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: [1] 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.

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Gift of Horace Wood Brock

English (London), about 1810


Height (in open position) x width: 14 1/2 x 17 in. (36.8 x 43.2 cm) Diameter: 203.2 mm (8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Rootwood and ebony, inlaid with brass, gilt-bronze mounts