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Inkstand

Object name: Inkstand
Artist: T. Dunlop Rankin, Chief Architect's Office, Dept. of Public Works
Maker: Paul Beau
Walter Rowan & Company (brass shields)
Date: 1926
Material: Wrought iron; brass; walnut; ebony
Dimensions: 30.2 x 39 x 39 cm
Catalogue no.: O-4789

The inkstand is another exquisite piece of the desk set designed specifically for the clerks' table. The central inkwell is decorated, on each side, with a sprig of maple leaves supporting shields engraved with the devices of the Canadian coat of arms. Resting on a twisted rope, the domed cover encircled with battlements is topped with a crown finial. Four mythical beasts with fanciful tails holding balls are masterfully crafted at each corner of the inkstand. Pen-rests ornamented with acorns complete this unique artefact.

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