PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF HANNS AND ELIZABETH WEINBERG AND THE ANTIQUE COMPANY OF NEW YORK (LOT 32)
The ormolu stamped with the letters C. 650 and R flanking a crown. The underside of the base inscribed: in black ink C 650, in black ink crossed through 126 and another black ink number 19(?)66 crossed through; modern inventory number 18473 (possibly French & Co.) and in yellow paint 39908/2; also traces of an effaced paper label with black ink numbers.
The 'C Couronné poinçon', (Crowned C) was a tax mark struck on any alloy incorporating copper, produced or offered for re-sale between March 1745 and February 1749.
The stamp CR (casa reale) is an inventory mark frequently found on the furnishings of the Palazzo Ducale of Parma and Colorno. It was the property of Philip of Bourbon (son of the King of Spain) and his bride, Madame Louise-Elisabeth (the eldest daughter of Louis XV).
By 1856 recorded in the inventory of the Palazzo Ducale of Parma and Colorno assigned inventory number 650. In 1861 inventoried again in the Palazzo, assigned number 1600 and described as: "un calamaio composto di tre vasetti ed un vasoio di legno violaceo, con piedi e guarnizioni di bronzo, avente nella parte posteriore due portalumi pure di bronzo dorato e statuetta di porcellano". In the State Archive of Parma there is a document which relates to the transport of the present lot to Turin in 1862. It specifies that the number of the inkstand in the new 1861 inventory was 1600, and that in the old 1856 inventory the number was 650.
We are grateful for the assistance of Dr. Giuseppe Bertini in identifying the present inkstand in the Colorno inventories.
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