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Globe Inkstand

Matthew Boulton, 1728-1809) (Attrib.), c. 1780 Birmingham, Inkstand, ormolu with blue glass panels and jars. H. 40

The hollow spherical body is constructed in two halves, the divided upper section being formed of pivoted segments which open to reveal a circular tray with stands for a set of three blue glass ink and pounce jars and penholders. The globe is mounted in an upright circular frame consisting of two rings supported by four carved stays ornamented with lions’ masks suspending floral festoons. The outspreading scroll legs terminate in hairy claw and ball feet. At the apex is a winged Victory figure operating the pressure catch which opens the globe. The inkstand rests on a galleried plinth fronted by a shallow drawer with statuettes representing ‘Africa’, ‘Asia’ and ‘Europe’ . The sides are faced with blue glass panels contained within laurel borders and the sycamore base is set on fronded bracket feet. The inkstand was given anonymously through the LACF in 1969. (Gilbert, C., <i>Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall