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Late 19th Century Napoleon Inkstand, 1895
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Late 19th Century Napoleon Inkstand, 1895

Measurements: 20.5cm (8in) x 14cm (5.5in) x 10.5cm (4in)



An Empire style ormolu mounted verde antico marble inkstand applied with a fire gilt bronze bust, cast by the Pinedo foundry, Paris, portraying a brooding Naopleon in trademark bicorn hat and greatcoat, and wearing an enamelled miniature Legion d’Honneur to the breast, and, flanked by twin inkwells with ormolu mounts and hinged lids concealing glass liners within. The whole mounted on four gilt bronze feet.

The Pinedo bronze foundry was established before 1850 at 25 Rue de Bretagne. In 1855, L. Pinedo relocated the foundry to 110 Rue St. Louis-au-Marias.  In 1865 the sculptor Emile Pinedo (1840-1916) took over the the running of the firm, which, operating thenceforth under the trade name Emile Pinedo & Fils, produced art bronzes and furnishings from studios at 18 Boulevard du Prince Eugene and 49 Rue de Bondy.