A Flight & Barr Worcester Sea Shell Decorated Inkwell, Circa 1800-05 - Earle D. Vandekar - For Sale
A Flight & Barr Worcester Sea Shell Decorated Inkwell, Circa 1800-05 - Earle D. Vandekar
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A Flight & Barr Worcester Sea Shell Decorated Inkwell, Shell painting by Samuel Smith, Circa 1800-05 The circular inkwell is decorated with a Barr''s orange ground and gilding. ;To the front is a rectangular panel painted with sea shells, coral and seaweed, the seaweed with dendritic sprigs in purple, a style now associated with Samuel Smith based on signed pieces given to the Dyson Perrins Museum in Worcester in 1976 by descendants. The gilding on the reverse has three panels. ;The two outer panels depict a palm leaf and the centre one a face surrounded by plumage, possibly depicting a Native American something I have never seen before. Mark: ;scratch B on base. Dimensions: 2 3/4 inches (6.5cm); diameter: 2 7/8 inches (7.5cm) Early painted inkwells are considered rare.
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