A very fine, rare and unusual antique English Derby partners porcelain inkwell and quill pen holder decorated in the Imari pattern and dating from the early 19th century. The pen and inkwell stands on a narrow round pedestal domed foot with a narrow base and wide pear shaped body with raised handles to either side. The top of the body has four pen holes with a central removable inkwell with a wide trumpet shaped rim. The body is painted in red and blue on a white ground with typical Imari patterning and is richly embellished with gilding. The inkwell and pen holder is not marked.
In good decorative condition with a stable hairline crack (4cm) running down the body from the edge and hidden within the busy pattern.
Origin : England
Maker : Derby
Manufacture Date : Early 19th Century
Materials : Porcelain
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