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Antique Marble & Bronze Napoleon 3 Inkstand by Marcel Debut Salon Des Beaux-Arts



Rare and important French Napoleonic ink stand with female sculpture. This hand-crafted and sizable ink stand of marble and gilt bronze is signed by the renowned French sculptor Marcel Debut (Paris, 1865-1933). The perfect anatomy and stunning details of the female nude reveal the work of a master sculptor and a top quality bronze caster. The gilt bronze scrolling motifs and the inkwell have very fine details also. The hand-crafted and layered marble base has the perfect shape, size and color to make this desk piece have exactly the right balance. The combination of the gilt bronze elements and the green, black and white marble is a match made in heaven and this desk piece will never fail to impress you or anyone visiting. The part of the signature that reads Salon des Beaux-Arts is what takes this piece to the next level in terms of rarity and collectibility, because this Salon was a gathering place where only the top Parisian artist would meet and work and exhibit. There are two chips off the marble. The first can be seen in the upper left corner in image 3 and in image 8 on the far left, above the inlaid scrolling bronze flowers is the second one. Finally, the marble plaque on which the lady is writing, was (at some point in time) broken in half (horizontally). It was a clean break and it is glued back together professionally. This antique is not only a heavyweight in terms of quality, design and rarity, because it actually weighs 7 kilograms or 15.5 pounds lbs. If you are looking for the ideal inkstand for your antique desk or sidetable then this Napoleonic antique could be flying your way soon. Mind you, perfect packaging and delivery from our store to your door in just 4 days is complimentary. Maximum height x width x depth: 12.6 x 12.4 x 6.3 inches. We have a passion for the unique, for quality, for stylish yet practical and for craftsmanship of years gone by. Your purchases will be extremely well packaged and we look forward to serving you (again), Would you like to see our 600+ listings on 1stdibs? Contact us through the message center and we'll show you the way.


  • Creator
    Marcel Debut (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 12.6 in. (32.01 cm)Width: 12.4 in. (31.5 cm)Depth: 6.3 in. (16.01 cm)
  • Style
    Napoleon III (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Please read item description.
  • Seller Location
    Lisse, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: FiGQ13441stDibs: LU234138339733

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    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 7-10 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Lisse, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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