Early 1900s inkwell or mass produced made in Taiwan?!

Discussion in 'Metalware' started by Elen Beattie, Sep 15, 2022.

  1. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

    Hi everyone! Is brass/gilt bronze (?) inkwell (6.5L x 5"W) was amongst a lot that I won at auction. I have found quite a few online which makes me suspicious that it is a repro. What do you think, is it older? Practically all of the listings claim that theirs are actually Art Nouveau (saying 1890s-1900s) but I can hardly believe that there would be quite so many with the same design. Any input welcome, thank you! (Either way I like the aesthetic and don't mind terribly if it isn't period :))
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  2. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    I'd be amazed if it wasn't old

    Looks genuine from here
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  3. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

    This would be great, thank you!
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  5. Fern77

    Fern77 Well-Known Member

    Old yes, but not terribly valuable or sought after. This was made during the art nouveau era, but in a style 50 years earlier. If you like it because of the aesthetic, good for you, as you'll find that there are lots of companion pieces to be found on the cheap. Find a glass container of some sort that fits it, and you're good to go. Probably gilded originally, so you can polish it if you prefer it.
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  6. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

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  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Italian 'antiqued' 19th century Revival piece, probably 1970s.
    Italy used to be known in Europe for its many fakes and repros. Since the manufacturer of your inkwell originally added a sticker, it is a genuine repro, not a fake.;)
    It is a pretty piece, and it would be nice if you could find a fitting liner.
  8. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

    Thank you! I had a feeling it could be something like that with so many similar floating around. They did a nice job, fooled me! :bag:
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  9. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    The Italian repro makers and fakers were the best in Europe. Over the years they have fooled many people.
    Greek fakers started later, but were never as good. They are known for the 'rustic' style fakes, beat up, which many people think is authentic. They also made many fake bronze nesting apothecary weights, rather crude and not with the required precision weights.
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  10. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

    Fascinating! Thanks for the info, you truly are an amazing wealth of knowledge.
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