Gothic Revival and Neo-Gothic inkstands and inkwells. Early and mid 19th century. So needed in case the archbishop wants to share a whiskey in the library.

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Patinated inkstand together with two similar spill vases. Mid 19th c. Gothic Revival. Molded with tracery. Image © 2020 William Doyle Galleries, Inc. Fair use license. via https://doyle.com/auctions/12an01-estate-of-lee-b-anderson/catalogue/1247-gothic-revival-patinated-metal-inkstand
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Inkwell modeled as a medieval helmet with pierced visor with applied cut and chased steel scrolled acanthus ornaments that is raised on a concave shield form base with three ball feet. The hinged top opens to reveal the inkwell. 19th c. Gothic Revival. Probably German. Patinated steel. Image © Jackson’s International Auctioneers and Appraisers. Fair use license. via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/75224256254422550/
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Inkwell in a Neo-Gothic style with a top that lifts to reveal three round openings resting on a marble plinth base and raised on cast bronze feet. The three glass inkwells are missing. 1875. Neo-Gothic. Patinated bronze and marble. Maker not known. Image © 2020 ROBUCK. Fair use license. via http://robuck.co/collection/curiosities/italian-gothic-revival-period-patinated-brass-and-marble-architectural-model-inkwell-r6803.html
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Oval inkwell modeled with cathedral arcades and rosettes that houses two inkwells with lids, a pounce pot and four pen holders. Rectangular Sienna marble base. 1820-1829. Neo-Gothic. French. Gilt bronze and Siena Marble. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/desk-accessories/inkwells/gothic-revival-inkwell-gilt-bronze-sienna-marble-19th-century/id-f_16380242/
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Inkstand modeled with a Gothic tracery design with a pierced rose window gallery enclosing a sander, two ink wells and four pen holders. Rectangular base. Victorian. Gothic Revival. Brass. Image © 2020 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/antique-victorian-gilt-brass-inkstand-with-gothic-tracery

Ostrich design lighting. 20th century. All more fun than those boring things they have on Wayfair.

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Ostrich leg motif candlestick or floor lamp. ca. 1920s. French. Gilt bronze. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/candle-holders/gilt-bronze-ostrich-leg-candlestick/id-f_19493332/
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Pair of ostrich and palm tree candlesticks with faux ostrich eggs. 20th c. Hollywood Regency. American. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/candle-holders/candlesticks/pair-of-hollywood-regency-faux-ostrich-egg-ostrich-palm-tree-candlesticks/id-f_18714082/?gclid=CjwKCAjwxLH3BRApE
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Candlesticks modeled with ostrich eggs amid leaves and branches. ca. 1970. Made in Morocco. Ostrich eggs and brass with marble bases. In the manner of Anthony Redmile. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/candle-holders/pair-of-exotic-ostrich-egg-brass-candlesticks-manner-anthony-redmile/id-f_874439/ Exceptional large candlesticks with stylized palm tree design in hand crafted and hand forged brass. The candlesticks feature an exotic ostrich egg amid leaves and branches.

Decorative pieces to make your desk look much nicer. Erhard & Söhne, maker. In 1904 they held the world-patent for the manufacture of brass-inlay. From their factory in Baden-Württemberg, Germany they shipped worldwide. Still in existence but nowadays they build automobiles, not make pretty boxes.

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Schmuckschatulle (jewelry box). No date. Brass and mahogany. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/erhard-s%C3%B6hne-co/schmuckschatulle-FdEl38qYfgnOrpxE4Mtuxw2
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Casket inlaid with a figurative frieze of knights, dragon, blacksmith, horse, sleeping maiden, horse, and a bird in a tree. Cover set with quartz cabochons backed with pink foil. Velvet lined interior and key with a lion motif that is stamped “EH.” ca. 1920. Amboyna and brass. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/an-erhard-sohne-amboyna-and-brass-5778291-details.aspx
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Decorative box. 1925. Art Déco. Brass with a wooden interior. Designed by Eugen Schwemmle and made by Erhard & Söhne. Maker’s marks: Trademark for Erhard & Söhne. Image Catawiki © 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/l/11193199-erhard-sohne-eugen-schwemmle-design-art-deco-brass-box
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Desktop document holder. ca. 1920. Rosewood and stenciled brass. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/desk-accessories/desk-sets/stunning-art-deco-desktop-document-holder-brass-rosewood-erhard-sohne/id-f_17885551/

Have a cup of tea the Jugendstil way. The Eastern European version of Art Nouveau and dating from around 1900 to 1913.

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Teakettle with heater. Jugendstil. German. Copper and brass. F & R Fischer, maker. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.de/itm/273509832308
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Tea kettle with heater. Jugendstil. Brass and copper. Makers marks: Impressed “D” and “OED” with crossed swords on underside. Image © 2011-2020 Auctionet.com. Fair use license. via https://auctionet.com/en/925582-jugendstil-teekessel-mit-rechaud/images
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Teapot with heater and raffia wrapped handle. Jugendstil. Brass with the teapot having a tinned interior. Part hallmarked. Image © Kunst-Auktionshaus Wendl, Rudolstadt, and Very Important Lot. Fair use license. via https://veryimportantlot.com/en/lot/view/jugendstil-teekanne-aus-messing-mit-rechaud-240833
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Teakettle with heater. Jugendstil. ca. 1910. Brass and copper. Designed by Dutch designer Jan Eisenloeffel for F. & R. Fischer which was in Germany. Image © 2020 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/de/listing/727975242/jugendstil-tea-kettle-on-rechaud-brass?ref=listing_published_alert

People (and one lion) hanging out and getting bored sitting on clocks by French master clockmaker Michel-François Piolaine who is recorded as working in Paris from 1787 to 1810.

"Pendule Portique" clock (lion detail)
“Pendule Portique” clock (lion detail), decorated with columns that simulate beams of lictors surmounted by a terrestrial globe and astrolabe, posed on plinths decorated decorated with military attributes. Base decorated with a lion surrounded by galleries. Enameled dial signed “Michel-François PIOLAINE in Paris” surmounted by a statuette of Mars. ca. 1780-1800. Louis XVI. Gilt bronze, black and white marble, and enamel. Image IVOIRE France ©2020. Fair use license. via https://www.ivoire-lyon.com/fr/lot-1552-158830-190_importante_pendule_forme_portique_br
Mantel clock (Goddess Pomona, the Roman goddess of harvest and abundance detail).
Mantel clock (Goddess detail, probably Pomona, the Roman goddess of harvest and abundance). Clock body raised by a plinth-shaped base with a relief scene portraying four putti and the clock drum containing a circular dial with a partially rubbed signature. Early 19th c. Gilt bronze and ormolu. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020, Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/clocks/mantel-clocks/empire-gilt-bronze-mantel-clock-michel-francois-piolaine/id-f_18084411/
Mantel clock (Reading lady detail). The clock having an ormolu drum case surmounted by a cast ormolu eagle with a relief below showing two putti holding a bird under a sunburst flanked by two patinated bronze figures, a writing boy and a reading lady. Marble and ormolu base with gadroon feet and with putti holding a mask among scrolling garlands,  flanked by two medallions with female masks. Enamel dial, signed "Piolaine à Paris" in red with gilt brass hands.
Mantel clock (Reading lady detail). The clock having an ormolu drum case surmounted by a cast ormolu eagle with a relief below showing two putti holding a bird under a sunburst flanked by two patinated bronze figures, a writing boy and a reading lady. Marble and ormolu base with gadroon feet and with putti holding a mask among scrolling garlands, flanked by two medallions with female masks. Enamel dial, signed “Piolaine à Paris” in red with gilt brass hands. ca. 1790. Marble, brass, patinated brass, gilt brass and enamel. Image 2020 © Gude & Meis Antieke klokken. Fair use license. via
Mantel clock (putti and goddess detail). 1780-1800.
Mantel clock (putti and goddess detail). 1780-1800. Marble, gilded bronze and enamel. Acquired by President Vincent Auriol of France for presentation to the White House in 1952. Image © Collections of the White House, Washington, DC. Fair use license. via https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/mantel-clock/3wFaBh_sW_IjQA
Mantel clock with a profiled plinth with a relief of musician putti
Mantel clock with a profiled plinth with a relief of musician putti and a watch house flanked by putti riding dogs and eagle heads, surmounted by a coronation goddess with cornucopia that symbolize prosperity and abundance.A French Louis XVI mantel clock by M. F. Piolaine. Fire-gilded bronze and white marble. Profiled plinth with relief of musician putti. The watch house flanked by dogs riding putty and eagle heads. Coronation goddess with cornucopia symbolizing prosperity and abundance. The white enameled dial being marked “Piolaine A Paris”. ca. 1780-1790. Louis XVI. White marble, fire-gilded bronze and enamel. Image © 2008-2020 Bukowski Auktioner AB. Fair use license. via https://www.bukowskis.com/en/auctions/556/1074-bordspendyl-av-michel-francois-piolaine-mastare-i-paris-1787-louis-xvi

Jugendstil candlesticks. Jugendstil having been the Central European version of Art Nouveau. One in the Nieuwe Kunst tradition which came out of the Netherlands at around the same time.

Candlestick. 1910. Dutch.
Candlestick. 1910. Nieuwe Kunst in style, yet another take on Art Nouveau, this from the Netherlands. Brass. J. C. Stoffels, maker (1878-1952). Image courtesy Peter de Rijcke, grandson of J. C. Stoffels. Used with permission. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/88163906_1719826358154386_5497188728742871040_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_sid=1480c5&_nc_eui2=AeGBBVxuMfkyeHjNFmsHCvEJykFLl7etD6OvgxuG4EvCjqbNmOXT6BjCLYdXe0DfpaI6QiFmHAO2w12ls8xBHZOu36XAkl1zhPa1DPgeLrNcmg&_nc_ohc=ouwwoE3R618AX9lq_RX&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=5b953f51f5e895ea2667e70d69ca19ae&oe=5E984773
Candlesticks. 1900-1950. Bronze. Jugendstil.
Candlesticks. 1900-1950. Jugendstil. Bronze. Maker not known. Image © 2020 Catawiki. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/lots/5868259-two-bronze-jugendstil-candlesticks
Candelabra. ca. 1900. Jugendstil. German.
Candelabra in polished pewter, each with a crimped hexagonal base supporting open stylized flowing organic foliate centers. ca. 1900. Jugendstil. German. Pewter. Marks for Orivit and the number 2119 to the underside. Orivit, maker. Image © 1996 – 2019 GoAntiques LLC, Fair use license. via https://www.goantiques.com/ivit-jugendstil-secessionist-46682955
Candlesticks, especially designed with the round ball weight to keep the candlestick from being knocked over.
Cantilever candlesticks, especially designed with the round ball weight to keep the candlestick from being knocked over and to be safely carried in the hand to be set down. ca. 1900. German. Jugendstil. Copper and brass. Carl Deffner Esslingen, maker. Marks: Underside stamped “CDE” within a shield with two crossed halberds. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers and The Pedestal, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/66239428_pair-of-german-jugendstil-copper-and-brass-candlesticks

Novelty water creature design inkwells. All Late Victorian and metallic.

Novelty crocodile/alligator inkwell. ca. 1890.
Novelty crocodile/alligator inkwell with a hinged lid that lifts to reveal two removable ceramic ink chambers and an additional place to keep pen nibs and sealing wax. ca. 1890. Late Victorian. Cast bronze. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/desk-accessories/inkwells/antique-english-crocodile-alligator-inkwell-desk-tidy-circa-1880/id-f_12516862/
Lobster ink well. Probably ca. 1900.
Lobster ink well with the middle section of the shell lifting up to reveal ink pots. Probably ca. 1900. Brass. Image © C&T Auctioneers, Tunbridge Wells and Metropress Ltd, (t/a Auction Technology Group). Fair use license. via https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/candt-auctioneers/catalogue-id-srct10012/lot-0b6c8cdb-f045-4a62-b40a-a4570184cb91
Crab inkwell with lid that opens to a clear glass inkpot. ca. 1900-1910. Art Nouveau
Crab inkwell with lid that opens to a clear glass inkpot and another held between the claws. ca. 1900-1910. Art Nouveau in style. American. Cast patinated bronze. Tiffany Studios, maker. Impressed with the Tiffany Studios Decorating Company monogram and also numbered 20″. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/desk-accessories/inkwells/crab-inkwell-tiffany-studios/id-f_11279663/

Glories out of the 18th century all gilded up to decorate your home. All part of a service made for Duke Charles Alexander of Lorraine who was a first cousin of French Queen Marie Antoinette. Pieter Jozef Fonson and Jakob van der Donck, creators.

Surtout de table (ornamental centerpiece) made for  Duke Charles Alexander of Lorraine
Surtout de table (ornamental centerpiece) made for Duke Charles Alexander of Lorraine. 1755-94. Porcelain with gold, wood, and brass. Collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Cc0 license 4.0. via https://www.khm.at/en/objectdb/detail/555867/?pid=2323&back=862&offset=12&lv=listpackages-5500
Jug made for the Duke Karl Alexander of Lorraine.
Jug made for the Duke Karl Alexander of Lorraine. 1755-94. Porcelain and gold. Collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/15502/KK_1269.html
Sauciere made for the Duke Karl Alexander of Lorraine. 18th c.
Sauciere made for the Duke Karl Alexander of Lorraine. 18th c. Porcelain and gold. Collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Cc0 License. 4.0. via https://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/15502/KK_1274.html

Antique sundials from the collections of the Landesmuseum, Stuttgart, Germany.

Hollow sundial with scales located on the inside of a hexagonal cup. Also marked with zodiac signs shows the monthly changing length of day and night, while the twelve houses in the sky in which the sun is located have been given horoscope scales. 1600.
Hollow sundial with scales located on the inside of a hexagonal cup. Also marked with zodiac signs shows the monthly changing length of day and night, while the twelve houses in the sky in which the sun is located have been given horoscope scales. 1600. German. Gilded brass. Collection of the Landesmuseum, Stuttgart. Cc0 license. via via https://www.landesmuseum-stuttgart.de/sammlung/sammlung-online/dk-details/?object_id=10019
Sundial from the estate of Duke Frederick I of Württemberg. 1596.
Sundial from the estate of Duke Frederick I of Württemberg. Archimedean, is composed of 18 squares and eight triangles. 1596. Wood and iron. Signed “LVDOVICVS HÖHENFELDER ANNO CHR [ISTI] 1596.” Collection of the Landesmuseum, Stuttgart. Cc0 license. via https://www.landesmuseum-stuttgart.de/sammlung/sammlung-online/dk-details/?object_id=10016
Equatorial sundials with mechanical minute display.
Equatorial sundials with mechanical minute display. 1720-25. Silver, brass, glass, and iron. Johann Martin Willebrand, maker (1642-1721). Collection of the Landesmuseum, Stuttgart. Cc0 license. via https://www.landesmuseum-stuttgart.de/sammlung/sammlung-online/dk-details/?object_id=10098

Novelty nib wipes with bristles to wipe the extra ink off of your fountain pen. From Victorian times. So much more interesting were their desk accessories than ours. All we have is computer mice and plastic pens but they had everything.

Lobster pen wipe. ca. 1880.
Lobster pen wipe. ca. 1880. Brass. Head lifts off to reveal the bristles. English. Image © 2019 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/678029742/rare-antique-english-pen-nib-wipe-in?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=antique+pen+wipe&ref=sr_gallery-1-5&frs=1
Pig nib wipe. Antique. Pewter.
Pig nib wipe. Victorian. Pewter. Maker not known. Image © Skinner & Hyde, United Kingdom. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerandhyde.co.uk/product/rare-antique-pig-pen-nib-wipe-brush/
Lizard pen wipe. Antique. Austrian.
Lizard pen wipe. Antique. Bronze. Austrian. Original bristles. Small cabochon onyx replacing the missing eyes and touched up scales. Image © 2007–2019 Auctions Online USA Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/263190-antique-lizard-bronze-pen-wipe-kyratise?in=activity