Lorraine-Dietrich Edwardian Inkstand, 1907
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An important and rare Edwardian silvered metal inkstand modelled on the 1907 Lorraine-Dietrich, and depicts Arthur Duray, victor of the 1906 Circuit des Ardennes, and his riding mechanic at speed on the powerful 130hp racer. German, circa 1907.
The bonnet of the inkstand in hinged, and lifts to reveal the original glass liner. To the rear, the spare tyre hinges open to allow stamps to be stored, and there is a rest for a fountain pen set to the front, above the (vacant) cartouche surrounded by acanthus leaves and scrolls, which could easily be engraved.
Lorraine-Dietrich, distinguished by the Cross of Lorraine emblem to the radiator, built some of the finest racing cars of all time. Duray’s victory is commemorated in ceramic tile form in a rendering of his historic victory by foremost French illustrator Ernest Montaut, forming a sequence of 34 panels and destined for the Michelin headquarters in London’s Brompton Cross. All the panels mark the pioneer racing achievements of the tyre maker and, still extant, are widely admired by visitors at the suitably named Bibendum restaurant.
Length: 12 inches (30 cm)
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