Writing set in the form of a ship

Writing set in the form of a ship

Meissen, Germany
Circa 1740
39 * 19 * 15 cm
Porcelain, bronze
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About Writing set in the form of a ship

Model by Johann Friedrich Eberlein (1696-1749) | Gilt bronze mounting, attributed to Augsburg (circa 1740)

The writing set, originally designed as a spice container, was crafted from a porcelain barrel shaped like a miniature ship. The bow features a lion’s head with an open mouth, and the light-colored hull is adorned with various insects and dots. The porcelain ship is set within a holder made of gilded bronze, featuring a base with a small side drawer for feathers or wax sticks and resting on four rocaille feet. The front deck area has two hinged compartments for ink and powder. The finely detailed rigging, also made of bronze, includes the mast and boom, along with an intricate system of ropes and lines connecting the masthead to the hull.

RS 170

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