A Regency gilt-bronze inkstand in the form of a cistern, early 19th century
with two glass inkwells and Mercury masks to each end together with a set of Italian 'Grand Tour' plaster casts of gems in double-sided beech case, with a printed list of casts (23cm. by 15cm.)
inkstand: 8cm. high, 21cm. wide, 10cm. deep; 3¼in., 8¼in., 4in.
Possibly Oswald Smith (1794-1863) and the plasters possibly acquired on his Grand Tour in 1818
Arthur Vansittart (1807-1859) when in Italy