• This is an enchanting antique Victorian Staffordshire pottery inkwell, in the form of a nesting swan. One can imagine a Victorian lady enjoying such an inkwell on her desk. There are in fact, two inkwell holes, but I assume one is to hold the quill pen and the other the ink for the quill to dip into.
• This is clearly a nesting swan because she sits on green bocage grass, a typical raised feature with Staffordshire figures. The wings are raised up as well, which usually means an aggressive stance, perhaps protecting her chicks or eggs underneath.
• These wings are painted fancifully in lovely, graded pinks and rose, as well as gold lines in the wings.
• The beak is red, outlined in black, as is the eye.
• A gold line is drawn around the oval base and each hole.
• The figure of a swan was symbolic of beauty in the Victorian period, so ladies always loved a swan figure.
• The swan is in perfect condition, with no chips, hair cracks or repairs. And all the paint work is completely intact.
• It measures 3” wide (7.5cm) by 1 ½” deep (4cm) and3 ½” high (9cm).
Antique Victorian Staffordshire Swan Inkwell, Circa 1865
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