This inkstand is designed in a Cinquecento (Italian 16th century) style. It is made of part gold, part silver, gilt and enamel. There is a bird in the front that is attacking a dragon. The groups of figures in the back signify moral Christian Virtues and domestic scenes.
The Art Journal The Industry of All Nations Illustrated Catalogue (London, England: Bradbury and Evans, 1851)
Courtesy the private collection of Roy Winkelman