Decorative use of shagreen, a hard, highly-polished material made from skin of sharks and commonly employed in 18th Century for covering small boxes, knife-cases etc.
Ink Stand by Unknown Artist, 1785
© Temple Newsam House
- Silver & shagreen
- 38 x 15 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £850 ( Total: £850)
- Acquired in:
- H Blairman & Sons Ltd
Here it has been dyed green. 3 vase shaped wells fitted with clear-glass liners. Base covered with the original green silk. Workmanship of English characteristics - suggestions from Matthew Boulton's craftsmen who emigrated to Russia.
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