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Inkwell from the Rolls-Royce desk set, 1929

Few automobile manufacturers enjoy such a reputation as RollsRoyce, whose Spirit of Ecstasy mascot defines the very essence of the brand. “Everyone who buys the best things” wrote press magnate Lord Northcliffe “buys only Rolls-Royce”. The Spirit of Ecstasy was a special commission from Rolls-Royce, finely rendered in 1911 by Royal Academician Charles Sykes (1875-1950). A decade and a half later, the company elected to surmount the mascot in scaled down form on a set of Sterling silver desk elements, from a cigar ashtray to a pair of bookends, and each year these pieces were sent as a Christmas gift to 100 selected individuals listed in the maker’s enviable address book.

Illustrated is a single piece from the set, a Sterling silver inkwell in the form of a free-standing Rolls-Royce radiator expansion tank, topped by a miniature Spirit of Ecstasy mascot and with fine enamel badge beneath, the top opening to reveal a glass liner. Hallmarked Saunders and Shepherd, London, 1929. In a bespoke fitted calfskin presentation case.

Height: 9 cm

Price Code: ££££

Reference: 6402

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