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Ink-stand; bronze; base plate with crab and shells; one shell hollow to contain the ink; part of a set.
- Production date
Length: 15 centimetres
Width: 13 centimetres
- Curator's comments
In set with SL.1041, shells cast from identical models. original thick black patination. The bigger shellls all hollowcast with some core still inside. Both are in Sloane miscellanies as 4.c./1040 and 1041, as "a standish for ink in cast brasse wt.a hollow shell wt.sevll.others & a crab round it....1.1.0" and "A sand box of the same 13.0". Jeremy Warren is writing these up for APOLLO late 2003.
Jonathan Marsden came from Royal Collection April 2004 to put these alongside two silver salts made in 1742 and fully marked by Sprimont, which appear to have been based on this SLoane object. They hope to publish this in Apollo. DFT.
July 2005, Bet McLeod: This and the frog sander were taken to the V&A study session as part of the 'Making & Meaning' Conference. Notes in hard copy in the file. Further to discussion with shell and crab experts from the Natural History Museum, it was concluded BM version and the V&A version cast from the same models of shells and crab. The V&A version is of finer quality casting, and the BM version probably taken from the V&A version.Discussion re: silver version in Royal Collection, Sprimont's dates in London, and it was proposed that both V&A and BM versions were made in London in the 1740s.
J Warren, Sir Hans Sloane as a collector of small sculpture, Apollo Februaty 2004
- On display (G1/wp179)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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