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Inkstand in the shape of a Priest sitting at a writing desk: C.323 & A & B-1991

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Inkstand in the shape of a Priest sitting at a writing desk


Production: Unknown (Perhaps)




White moulded earthenware, painted in blue, green, yellow, pink, and black, under bluish lead glaze. The priest wears a beretta, cape, long gown with lace over-gown, and a crucifix. He sits on a chair which has a high back with a scrolled edge. The table has four paw feet, an apron decorated with scrolls and anthemion, and a flat top, incurved on all sides, and pierced by two circular holes for the inkwells, both of which are missing. One hole is covered by two books (A), and the other by a book with a skull placed on one corner (B). The priest has his left hand over a small book and in his right, holds an object which is partly missing. Beside his right hand there is a small squat jar. In front ofhim, painted on the table top there is a sheet of paper with three lines of illegible writing in blue. The figure and table are supported by a rectangular base with a curved side at the back and a step-moulding running round all four sides.


History note: Purchased by H.S. Reitlinger from Donatt, Budapest in August 1934. His small notebook recording purchases states, 'Donatt, Budapest/Faience ink-stand in shape of ecclesiastic/18th 6 - - '

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.5 cm
Length: 19.8 cm
Width: 14.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1905-05-03) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Late 18th century
Production date: circa AD 1780 : date uncertain

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 168
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in indelible pencil
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.323 & A & B-1991
Primary reference Number: 74540
Packing number: EURCER 172
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 24 January 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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