Inkwell supported by Lions, 16th-17th century?

Bronze, patina, traces of gilding, onyx
22x15x15 cm

This interesting object could be an inkwell or an liturgical instrument, such as an incense holder.

In the shape of a small table monument, the object has a hexagonal pyramid cup placed on a circular onyx plinth. The cup is covered with onyx plates held by brass hinges. Three lions holding in their claws eagles support the cup. On the cusp a stylised eagle which serves as a grip.


The types of materials used and the craftsmanship suggest an old manufacture. For precise dating and provenance, it should be studied scientifically (alloy test).


For study, for collectors.

€ 3.000,00 / 4.000,00
€ 1.700,00
Starting price
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SINGLE SESSION 19/09/2023 Hours 16:00