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Darling Antique Black Forest Inkwell in the Form of a Cat Stuck in a Boot (1 of 10)
The Three MusCATeers
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I am a small private dealer with a love for small decorative items predominantly from the Georgian and Victorian periods each with their own beauty. A beauty that is not always expected.
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Darling Antique Black Forest Inkwell in the Form of a Cat Stuck in a Boot

REF: LA454575
£320
€374
$403
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Description
This inkwell is a lovely example of Black Forest Carving and would date I imagine to the turn of the last century circa 1900. It is finely carved with so many charming details such as the hole in the toe of the shoe, the nails and the crack in the sole of the shoe and the two laces hanging down from his paws, although it has to be said the star of the show is the dear cat with that slightly embarrassed look cats have when they have just been a touch clumsy or got themselves stuck like in this case. The cat's expression is emphasised by those large glass eyes which I believe to be original looking imploringly up at you to get him out of the situation. The colour of the wood is light almost the colour of honey and is most likely either Linden or Walnut. To access the inkwell you have to lift the top of the shoe with the cat's head and there in the well is a white ceramic inkwell, which I am pretty certain is the original one as it fits so perfectly.
measurements
Height:
9.5 cm
Width:
13 cm
Depth:
5 cm
declaration
The Three MusCATeers has clarified that the Darling Antique Black Forest Inkwell in the Form of a Cat Stuck in a Boot (LA454575) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1900
condition
This inkwell is in very good condition. The hinge is still strong with just a small bit of movement and I believe it to be original. There is as I hope you can see in the second photo and interesting hole in the shoe at the side, I am not certain if it is meant to be there or if it is a knot in the wood which has come out, certainly the hole is old and from looking at other like examples all the boots do have faults, but it is impossible for me to be certain. The eyes am certain are the original ones. The ceramic inkwell does have a chip in underside of its rim which I hope you can just see in the photo and there are signs of blue ink that once upon a time was stored within.
location
This Darling Antique Black Forest Inkwell in the Form of a Cat Stuck in a Boot is located in Kent, United Kingdom

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