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Fine C19th Italian Bronze 'grand Tour' Souvenir Type Inkwell , Attributed To Benedetto Boschetti, Rome.


£1,250 | $1,530 USD | €1,445 EUR
Item Number: SA652494
Date of manufacture: 1860
Current Status: For sale
Seller: M Lees and Sons
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Fine C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir type inkwell, attributed to Benedetto Boschetti, Rome.
Circular cast bronze lidded inkwell mounted on a Rosso Antico and Nero Belgio base. The body of fluted circular urn form with three lions mask mounts , raised on lion's paw feet . The top edge cast with ovolo or 'egg-and-dart' detail .
The removable domed lid with a detailed cast figure surmount of a pensively-posed winged Cupid with a quiver of arrows .
The interior lacking it's glass ink container.
The quality of the casting and subject matter , together with the use of the red and black marble base , lead us to the probable attribution to the workshops of Benedetto Boschetti (1820-70) 74 Via Condotti Rome . Boschetti supplied high quality works of art to satisfy the academic and sophisticated tastes of Grand Tourists . His work was widely praised and he was awarded a medal at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London . The figure of Cupid as portrayed here , echoes one of his most celebrated works of a mosaic table in the Gilbert Collection, depicting the 'Triumph of Cupid' .
Excellent consistent golden patination and colour .
H 7"
W 5"
D 5"
Italy c.1860
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Internal Ref: ML 1910


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1860.


Height = 18 cm (7.1")
Width = 12 cm (4.7")
Depth = 12 cm (4.7")

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