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Incredible Inkwell & Pen Holder Apparently Inspired by Robert Walpole (1 of 11)
The Three MusCATeers
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Incredible Inkwell & Pen Holder Apparently Inspired by Robert Walpole

REF: LA466039
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It is believed the inkwell is based on a caricature of Robert Walpole (1676-1745) the Whig Politician and who is regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain staying in post for over 20years. The caricature the inkwell is based on is by George Bickham the Younger and dated 1743 ). The caricature is an image of Walpole like this inkwell yawning but it is even more grotesque than this inkwell with his wide open mouth almost the shape of a fish and with more than one would expect severe looking teeth jutting out from it. Apparently Walpole was a master at getting his own way through prevarication wearing down the opposition and it worked he was in post for 20 years, and I think this is what the caricature and in turn this inkwell refers to. The inkwell I understand dates to the 1830s what the relevance of this period is to Walpole I am not sure. The inkwell has a truly wonderful matt surface which I think is termed dry glazed although I have seen other examples with a more usual shiny glaze applied, but I think it is the matt surface which helps portray the details so wonderfully.
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The Three MusCATeers has clarified that the Incredible Inkwell & Pen Holder Apparently Inspired by Robert Walpole (LA466039) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1830
The inkwell is in very good condition with no chips or cracks that I can see, there is on a base a very fine and old hairline crack but my sense is that this is a firing fault and can be just seen in the final photograph at the top. There is a tiny black mark on one of his front teeth which I hope you can see from the photographs, I have looked at it through a strong magnifier and it doesn't appear to be a chip, but I have not wanted to scrap it with my nail to make sure for fear of causing damage. The inkwell does appear to have been used with evidence of old ink stains both in the open mouth and in the hole in his head. There is also as I hope you can see from the photos dust/dirt which it has garnered over its long life.
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