GERMAN FAIENCE APPLE AS INKSTAND
Height: 4 1/2 in.
Width: 5 1/4 in.
Rare and charming 'trompe l'oeil' Inkstand in the form of a large Apple Tureen, a leaf curling around each side to form a short stalk at the back. The top half of the apple lifts off to reveal a faience sand-sprinkler and a (replacement) glass inkwell, set into cavities cut out of the lower portion of the tureen. The apple is well painted, the colours splashed on and runnning into each other to form their own patterns. The earliest 'grand feu' colours are used, namely yellow and two distinct greens, with the addition of touches of puce.