Antique Bronze Monk or Wizard Inkwell

Antique Bronze Monk or Wizard Inkwell

$225.00

This bronze figural inkwell features a finely sculpted Monk reading a book. Or, we like to think of him as a Wizard, because we lean that way. He's wearing a cowl and has a long flowing beard, and we're not sure if Medieval Monks had beards, so there you go. Either way he's pretty awesome.

This is a finely sculpted and numbered bronze piece. It has a very desirable bronze patina. It's marked with a #59 on the bottom. We think it was made around 1900. Possibly made in Austria because they made the finest inkwells there. The original inkwell insert is missing, but we've replaced it with a ceramic one which fits perfectly. This makes him usable as an inkwell. However, it is a fantastic bronze sculpture, so up to you if you want it covered in ink.

Which leads us to say that there are no ink stains on this guy at all. There is a slight bit of wonkiness with the hinge. Looks like a homemade repair. (See photos.) But it works, and hey, he's 117 years old, so cut him some slack.

There was this weird obsession with creating book, writing and drinking themed things featuring Monks. Possibly because during the European Dark Ages they were the only people who could read and write and they made the best beer. This might be a nod to that. But then there's the beard and his slightly wizardly-looking pointy cowl.

Whether you see a Monk or Gandalf reading "The Lord of the Rings," this is a fantastic figural antique inkwell and one fine little piece of sculpture.

He measures: 4.25" x 3.25" x 3.5"

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