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Inkstand with inkwell and pounce pot: C.197 & A & B-1932

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Inkstand with inkwell and pounce pot


Fürstenberg Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Hard-paste porcelain decorated with yellow ground colour, painting in polychrome enamels, and gilding

Hard-paste porcelain decorated with yellow ground colour, painting in blue, green, yellow, puce pink, orange-red, purple, brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilding; the underside of each piece is unglazed. The oval stand is supported on four paw feet. It has shallow straight sides, a fluted candlestick with integral nozzle at the back, with two raised straight-sided rings in front of it enclosing respectively a cylindrical pounce pot with a pierced convex top, and a cylindrical ink well with a central circular aperture; both with a slightly projecting upper edge. The outer edge of the stand has a yellow ground. The flat base of the interior is decorated with three floral sprays and two sprigs. The candlestick has a yellow ground and gilded details. All the edges are banded in gold, and there are touches of gilding on the lion's paws. The pounce pot has a yellow ground and two shaped reserves with gilded frames, one enclosing an actor (?) standing in a landscape with a sphere on a pedestal, the other, a seated woman playing a lute or guitar in a landscape with an urn on a pedestal. There are gold bands round the base and upper edge, and a circle in the centre. The inkwell is decorated to match. In one reserve an actor (?) leans against a pedestal in a landscape, and in the other, a woman stands in a landscape with an urn on a pedestal. The top is decorated with five different floral sprigs. There are gold bands round the base and upper edge, and around the central aperture.


History note: Unknown before Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 10 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brunswick ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-06-13) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Late 18th century
Circa 1770 CE - 1780 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of ground colour ( yellow) enamels gold Visible Surfaces composed of glaze Inkwell Diameter 5.9 cm Height 5 cm
Pounce Pot Diameter 5.9 cm Height 5 cm
Stand Length 19.2 cm Width 13.7 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a script F

  • Text: F
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted faintly in blue on unglazed surface
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.197 & A & B-1932
Primary reference Number: 72919
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 28 February 2019 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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