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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.

This is a clear glass inkwell with sterling silver overlay. The body is oval shaped with a diagonal swirl design. The design has an alternating glass and silver swirl pattern. The collar and lid are silver. The lid has a diagonal swirl design that rises to a peak.<br />
Artist Unknown
Brush inkwell, sterling silver overlay, ribbon glass with sterling silver lid, marked "Gorham"
1875 – 1975
glass and metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.239
Golden color inwell made with brass and metal has a round body; and a lid cover decorated with craftings of flower and a lion's head.
Artist Unknown
Inkwell made of brass paris round, lion's head, beaded sides, floral top
1875 – 1975
metal, plastic
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.287
Silver inkwell made with glass, metal and silver; it has a cylinder body and a round top lid. The body of the inkwell is covered with patterns.
Artist Unknown
Hammered Sterling Silver Inkwell with sterling silver lid
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.290
This inkwell has a short cylindrical shape with a circlular hole iin the top and a hinged lid. The body is made of glass with a brass metal overlay decoration of vegetal designs. The lid and ink cup are metal.<br />
Artist Unknown
Tiffany Studios art nouveau brass inkwell with lid
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.237
A square, crystal inkwell with a silver lid. The lid has a carving of a woman's face and hair on the top.
Artist Unknown
Crystal square base and cut corners ink well, lid not attached
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.256
A circular green glass inkwell with a metal overlay on the bottom half. The overlay is a floral pattern and the lid is shaped like a leaf or flower petal.
Artist Unknown
Green Glass Inkwell, blue-green iridescent with metal overlay
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.283
A small, square glass inkwell with a brass lid.
Artist Unknown
Tiny crystal square inkwell with brass lid
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.252
Inkwell made of green glass has a cube shape body and a round metal lid. The body of the inkwell is decorated with brass flower craftings.
Artist Unknown
Brass Flowered Inkwell with Green Glass, engraved art nouveau, brass flower near base, brass lid, square base emerald green
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.300
An inkwell made of glass and crystal has a rectangular shape transparent body and a metel lid cover.
Artist Unknown
Crystal Inkwell with Silver Lid with pen holder, hallmarked silver :CRAIGENDINNIE" London: J.S. Vickery & Sons, Regent St.
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.297
An amber, two-bottle inkwell.  Rectangular in shape with a lip that acts as a pen rest.
Artist Unknown
Light amber two-bottle inkwell with pen rest
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.247
Inkwell made with glass of cranberry red color has a flat around body and a matel lid cover.
Lutz Art
Cranberry Iridescent Glass Inkwell, Lutz art glass-type, gold metal lid, swirled
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.295
A glass inkwell has a flat and round body. And there are small bubbles inside the glass of the inkwell.
Artist Unknown
Bubble Glass Inkwell with Engraved and Monogrammed Sterling Silver Lid
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.310

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<p>The Human Figure in African Art</p>

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