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Mercedes inkwell by Kayserzinn, 1908

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Reference: 2005

A stylish example of Art Nouveau design by German makers Kayserzinn (1862-1925) – a dark patinated desk compendium in the form of an early 1908 Grand Prix Mercedes, with driver and riding mechanic travelling at speed and kicking up plumes of dust behind. The bonnet and rear deck opens to reveal an aperture for ink and a stamp compartment respectively, with the section of road at the front, acting as the tray for pens.

Length: 17 inches (43 cm)

The Kayserzinn factory, established in 1862, commissioned famous German artists and sculptors including Hugo Leven, Karl Berghof and Karl Geyer in their creation of decorative Art Nouveau pieces. The sculptor Wilhelm Zwick (1839-1916) was responsible for this model, capturing the interest generated by the early and heady days of motor-racing.

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