This beautiful Renaissance bronze inkwell was made in Padua in the second half of the 16th century. The receptacle takes the form of an ancient crater decorated with heads of angles with outstretched wings, and rests on three sea horses. Stemming from Greek mythology, these hybrid creatures appear in their front part with the head, the neck and the front legs of a horse, and end in their posterior part in a snake tail.
Quite rare, our inkwell here has kept its cover, crowned with a lute player putto. The latter allows us to bring our work closer to the creations of Nicolò Roccatagliata or Giuseppe Levis at the origin of two inkwells today preserved in the Thyssen-Bornemiza collection and at the Kestner-Museum, quite comparable to our.
These works bear witness to the know-how of the founders of Veneto in the 16th century, whose small bronzes delight collectors of the time. Object symbol of learning, our inkwell was to take place in the studio of an amateur, public or semi-private study firm, attribute par excellence of the humanist prince of the Renaissance.
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