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Cabinet C: Shelf 3

Inkwells

For almost as long as there has been writing, there has been some means of containing the ink used to pen works ranging from early books of the Bible, to Shakespeare’s plays, to the Gettysburg Address. As with most objects of daily use, inkwells could be modest and utilitarian or more fanciful, the latter employing lavish use of precious materials to reflect and enhance the status of the possessor. Once Lewis Waterman created the functional fountain pen in 1884, followed by the introduction of the ballpoint pen in 1938, the mechanism of writing was forever changed and the appearance of inkwells on any desk declined.

The inkwells in the present installation demonstrate a rich variety of materials, including silver, crystal, ceramic, and metal. Some pre-date the emergence of the fountain pen, and many mark the transition from a quill or nib pen to the convenience of the pocket pen commonly found today. Inkwells are avidly collected by those who value the artistry that went into the creation of a beautiful object for everyday life.

An inkwell made with porcelain has a cylinder shape body. The body is painted with drawings of a man in blue suit, sitting with his legs crossed in front; and the man's head is the lid cover/
Artist Unknown
Seated Man Inkwell (Blue), made in Germany, man with crossed legs
1875 – 1975
porcelain
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.298A
Inkwell made of porcelain has a cylinder shape body. The body of the inkwell is shaped to be a body of a woman cook, in orange clothings and a pinroller on her hand; the woman's head is the lid cover.
German
Seated Woman Inkwell (Red), made in Germany, woman with rolling pin
1875 – 1975
porcelain
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.298B
A porcelain inkwell with floral decorations.  The base is white but the flowers are in various colors, including red, blue, and pink.
Artist Unknown
Porcelain floral inksander and bottle
1875 – 1975
porcelain
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.265
An inkwell made with porcelain has a trianglar shape body and hat-shape lid on top, there is a feather sticking on the hat-shape lid.
Artist Unknown
Woman with Hat and Flowered Pin Inkwell, French porcelain
1875 – 1975
porcelain, feathers
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.285
A porcelain inkwell of a woman sitting. She is holding a green vase in both hands and is wearing a blue pointy hat. The rest of her outfit is orange.
Artist Unknown
Seated Woman Inkwell, iridescent porcelain with blue peaked lid vase, figure
1875 – 1975
porcelain
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.276
A porcelain inkwell in the shape of a clown. The clown is sitting with his arms around his legs.  He is wearing a green costume with a light purple ruff, trimmed in black.
Artist Unknown
Harlequin Inkwell with porcelain clown, "D&P" 5406
1875 – 1975
porcelain
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.275
A square glass inkwell.  The stopper is dark green and the color fades down the inkwell.
Artist Unknown
Iridescent light and dark green inkwell, glass lid, fire polished
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.246
An inkwell made with ceramics in blue color. It is flat and round, wider on the bottom, and narrower on the top; and the lid cover has a ram head crafting on it.
Roycroft Pottery
Blue Ceramic Inkwell with Ram Design on Lid, Roycroft pottery blue-aqua inkwell, lid and insert
1875 – 1975
ceramic
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.293
A porcelain white color inkwell has a rectangular body with round edges and a small lid. There are simple decorations and paintings of pink flowers on the inkwell.
Artist Unknown
Porcelain de Paris, French inkwell, Meissen pattern with lid, vintage
1875 – 1975
porcelain
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.288
A square ceramic inkwell with a motif of a bird on a branch on one side and a motif of flowers on the other. The base of the inkwell is beige and the pictures are green and black.
Artist Unknown
Martin Bros. London, 296.S patt. 4-sided inkwell, pot liner, bird, blue & gray stone ware, flowers on panels
1875 – 1975
ceramic
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.245
A square ceramic inkwell with a motif of a bird on a branch on one side and a motif of flowers on the other. The base of the inkwell is beige and the pictures are green and black.
Artist Unknown
Martin Bros. London, 296.S patt. 4-sided inkwell, pot liner, bird, blue & gray stone ware, flowers on panels
1875 – 1975
ceramic
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.245
A travel box with two inkwells and a brush. The inkwells have metal lids and glass bases.
Artist Unknown
Travel inkwell set with 2 glass ink bottle in base with caps, with brush, paper box
1875 – 1975
leather, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.263

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<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

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<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

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<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

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<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

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<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

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<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

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<p>Apostle Spoons and American Silver</p>

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<p>Modernist Glass and American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

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<p>American Silver</p>

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<p>Tiffany Glass</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 3
<p>American Silver</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 2
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>Native American Art</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 3
<p>Native American Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 1
<p>The Human Figure in African Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 2
<p>African Miniature Masks</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 3
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 1
<p>The Head in African Art</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

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<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

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<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Selections from the Fusfeld Art Collection</p>

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<p>Contemporary Art</p>

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