Welsh folk-art slate inkwell
Carved Welsh slate inkwell inkwell, fitted with a Victorian glass ink bottle
(probably missing feet)
5 ½” wide x 2 ½” high x 2 ¾” deep / 14cm wide x 6.4cm high x 7cm deep
Miniature model chests, bureaus and similar pieces of folk art were carved by quarrymen of North Wales and most date from the late 19th century. Many were probably made to decorate their own homes and were given as gifts or entered into competition at local eisteddfodau.
North Wales late 19th century
Comparative literature: “Peoples Art by Emmanuel Cooper, Mainstream publishing 1994”