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Attribution
Attributed to Giuseppe Sarao, Italian
Title
Inkstand with bell, penholder, powder sifter and inkwells
Date
c. 1735–1745
Medium
Tortoiseshell, gold, mother-of-pearl
Dimensions
Platter: 5/8 × 9 3/4 × 8 1/8 in. (1.6 × 24.7 × 20.6 cm) Bell: 3 3/8 × 2 in. diameter (8.5 × 5.1 cm) Pen holder: 3 × 1 in. diameter (7.6 × 2.5 cm) Powder case: 1 7/8 × 2 in. diameter (4.8 × 5.1 cm) Inkwells: 1 7/8 × 2 in. diameter (4.8 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line

The Rienzi Collection, museum purchase in honor of Rienzi's 20th Anniversary

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2018.643.A-.F
Classification
Stone Carving, Shell & Ivory
Provenance

Probably Baron Gustave de Rothschild (1829-1911), Paris; His daughter, Aline Sassoon (1865-1909), Paris; her daughter, Sybil, Marchioness of Cholmondeley (1894-1989), Houghton Hall; Thence by descent, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, Houghton Hall; [Christie’s London, 8 December 1994, lot 87]; [Galerie Kugel, Paris]; purchased by MFAH, 2018.