Important French Inkstand After Francesco Fanelli. Exceptional and important composite French R. Gence Rococo inkwell in the style of Louis XV. In Madrid, on a French Regence or Rococo base.The top of the shell opens to receive ink, there is a hole at the middle front for the quill. Manufactured to the highest standards of 18th-century craftsmanship, cast in bronze, the metal has then been chiselled and worked with tools for fine detailing, with 24-carat gold ormolu surfacing. This is an exceptional and rare example of European ormolu craftsmanship. I have seen one other example of this inkstand listed on Proantic for 6500, and it was damaged, this piece is in superb condition. Condition: Excellent, minor abrasion to gilding, some oxidisation to the base does not detract, but which could be removed through conservation. Left shell is slightly loose. A custom stand with silk or velvet or felt would enhance its presentation. After Francesco Fanelli, (Italian Firenze1605- London 1661) Inkwell in the form of a Triton, early 18th-century bronze, cast after a model by Francesco Fanelli. During the 17th Century, many of these inkwells were cast and altered in one way or another. Francesco Fanelli was dead by 1675 and It seems likely that John Bank, his pupil, still living in 1718 had removed some of the original casts from the studio and had an expert foundry cast them in London. The item "French Ormolu Gilt Bronze Inkwell Inkstand Triton Neptune Dolphin Rococo Louis" is in sale since Friday, August 31, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Metalware\Bronze". The seller is "sydneylights" and is located in Collaroy, NSW. This item can be shipped worldwide.