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Cabinet D: 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.

Inkwell made of black color marble has a flat and round body. There are some patterns on the marble that also serve as decoration on the body of the inkwell.
Artist Unknown
Black Marble Inkwell with glass ink bottle insert, brass and marble lid
1875 – 1975
glass, metal, marble
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.309
A small. square, crystal inkwell with a sterling silver lid. A star is engraved on the bottom of the base. The lid is monogrammed.
Artist Unknown
Inkwell made of cut crystal with star base, monogrammed lid, "B" sterling silver
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.271
A silver metal inkwell has a shape and body like a foundain. The edges of the bottom and the lid of the inkwell is irregular.
Artist Unknown
Sheffield silver hallmark inkwell, rounded container
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.302
A crystal inwell with a cube body and rounded edge corners and a silver lid on top.
Artist Unknown
Inkwell of art nouveau design, crystal with sterling silver lid, rounded corners
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.286
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
Inkwell made of porcelain has a square shape body and a round lid cover. It is decorated in detail patterns of blue, gold and white; and it has scenes of thr royals on the side body of the inkwell.
Artist Unknown
Royal Vienna Inkwell with blue and gold designs on the four sides
1875 – 1975
porcelain
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.296
A crystal inkwell with a rectangular shape body and a yellow lid.
Artist Unknown
Crystal Inkwell with Enameled Yellow and White Lid
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.284
An inkwell made of glass and cur crystal has a special body shape of twisted swirls. There is a round metal lid cover.
Artist Unknown
Cut Crystal and Sterling Silver Inkwell, 1876-1901 800 European silver MARZ, twisted swirls
1876 – 1901
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.303
Two small cube shape inkwell bottle is placed on a metal stand tray. There is also a penholder and a pen on the metal stand tray.
English
English hallmarked inkwell set with 2 bottles and pen insert, inkwell crystal, "ICHDIEN"
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.307
A square, sterling silver inkwell. The base is monogrammed and has etched lines. The lid is flat, square, and also has etched lines.
Artist Unknown
Sterling silver inkwell, monogrammed, etched lines
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.269
A pen holder with two pens. Both the pens and the holder are sterling silver and have scroll patterns.
Artist Unknown
Sterling Silver Pen Holder with Two Pens, Scroll, and Two Ornate Silver Pens
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.267
A rectangular glass inkwell with rounded edges.  The lid is metal with brown and black leather.
Artist Unknown
Brown and black leather cap inkwell
1875 – 1975
glass, metal
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
2010/1.273

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<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

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Cabinet C: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

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Cabinet C: Shelf 3
<p>Inkwells </p>

Cabinet D: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

Cabinet D: Shelf 2
<p>Inkwells </p>

Cabinet D: Shelf 3
<p>Inkwells </p>

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<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

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<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

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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>

Cabinet G: Shelf 1
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet G: Shelf 2
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet H: Shelf 1
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

Cabinet H: Shelf 3
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet I: Shelf 1
<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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

Cabinet J: Shelf 1
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 2
<p>Art of Islam</p>

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

Cabinet K: Shelf 1
<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 2
<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

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

Cabinet L: Shelf 1
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet L: Shelf 2
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet L: Shelf 3
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet M: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

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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>

Cabinet N: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

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

Cabinet N: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 2
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet P: Shelf 2
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet P: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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

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

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

Cabinet Q: Shelf 4
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 1
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 2
<p>Apostle Spoons and American Silver</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 3
<p>Modernist Glass and American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 4
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 1
<p>American Silver</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 2
<p>Tiffany Glass</p>

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

Cabinet T: Shelf 1
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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

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

Cabinet U: Shelf 1
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 2
<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>

Cabinet W: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 4
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 1
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 2
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 3
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 4
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Fusfeld Art Collection</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 2
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 3
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 4
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

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