Egyptian Revival Letter Holder Ink Well 1920's Toukh Trade School(505 views)
Description: An Egyptian Revival desk set: letter holder inkwell. Circa 1922. Size: 15.25” tall x 9.75” deep and 14.5” wide. Material: wood, mother of pearl and bone with glass and brass ink pots. The Tutankamin rage with the opening of the tomb inspired and avalanche of Egyptian designs across the planet. This piece is reminescent of a desk pictured on page 521 the catalogue from The National Gallery of Canada titled: “Egyptomania: Egypt in Western Art 1730-1930” printed in 1994. The description of the desk could also be describing the influences that created our desk set: “This desk is an example of “Pharaonism,” an original, exclusively Egyptian manifestation of Egyptomania. Of relatively short duration (1922-1932) and not directly related to the Egyptomania found in Western culture, it had its roots in political ideology and affected every branch of art.” The label on our desk set indicates that it was made at the Toukh Trade School. The other major trade school during this time period was The Madrasa Craft School. The Madrasa Trade School made the desk pictured in the Canadian catalogue. The school made identical desks for The Palace of King Farouk and for the Mayor of Alexandra. Condition: the base of one of the sphinx has a section of the bone thin base missing; one of the mother of pearl obelisks has three very top sides missing plus there are cracks and re-gluing of the mother of pearl sides to the obelisks. This desk set includes the main letter hold with pen holder; two original blue glass with brass lid inkwells; a bone decorative pen and the ink blotter. This is a rare and beautiful example of Egyptomania. This item comes apart to facilitate shipping more safely.
Condition Report: As notated in the description statement
Provenance: From a Newport Rhode Island Estate
Dimensions: 15.25" tall - 9.75" x 14.5"
Artist or Maker: Toukh Trade School
Exhibited: Leased to the film company of "Shakespeare's Sister"
Literature: Egyptomania: Egypt in Western Art 1730-1930
Medium: Wood, Glass, Brass, mother of pearl, bone
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