Ink and Brush Holder

Franco-Flemish, 1680-1720

Brass. You never thought you were looking for one of these, did you? A super calligrapher's case, with conjoined ink pot and brush holder -- the fine haired brushes needed to be stored in a horizontal and airtight case. Cast shell on lid of pot, inscribed decoration of flowers and foliage and delicately pricked sprig of flowers on case, and running punched motifs as well. A bonus: inky fingerprints on back - surely not those of the origian scribe! Quite the find! Repaired hinge on pot lid, superficial crack, usual dings, dents and wear.

8-1/4" l x 1-3/4" tall.

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