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William Comyns & Sons, London
INKWELL
LOT SOLD. 813 GBP
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William Comyns & Sons, London
INKWELL
LOT SOLD. 813 GBP
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William Comyns & Sons, London
INKWELL
die-stamped with Tudor roses, the lid engraved with the Yeats crest and motto 'Bonis Omnia Bona' of the Orr family
maker's mark, London standard and date letter
silver, porcelain liner, wood and morocco base
13.3cm., 5 1/4 in. diameter
1903
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Catalogue Note

This inkwell probably belonged to Elizabeth Pollexfen (1843-1933), 'Aunt Lolla,' who married Reverend Alexander Barrington Orr (c. 1847-1910) in 1873. Aunt Lolla was very close to her brother-in-law, John Butler Yeats, who was amused to observe that the Orr family 'frankly stated that more money should be given because Elizabeth belonged to a family who were not gentlefolk.' Elizabeth looked after JBY's children often and they were page boys and flower girls for her wedding. In her scrapbook, Lily described the occasion with the special waiters brought in from Dublin to look after the wedding breakfast, and how she and Lolly were dressed in white muslin with blue sashes, Jack in a white dress and red sash and Willie in a blue knickerbocker sailor suit. (W. Murphy, Family Secrets, 1995, pp.23, 43).

Yeats: The Family Collection

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