This finely carved Chinese shallow bowl was reinterpreted as an inkwell in the early part of the 1920's in France. The carved agate bowl rests upon its original hard wood stand which has then been attached to a bronze lily pad base. A bronze lid and neck, fully engraved in an oriental cloud pattern, is surmounted with a charming carved jadeite monkey as the finial and is fitted to the top of the bowl. It opens to reveal the intact original blown glass inkpot. Work like this was made desirable and famous by such firms as Boucheron and Cartier in Paris.
Find it at Gottlieb Gallery, 524 Warren Street in Hudson, NY