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Name of Object:


Other name of the Object (second name):

Brigantine inkstandish


Vista Alegre, Ílhavo, Portugal

Holding Museum:

Vista Alegre Museum

Holding Institution (original language):

Museu da Vista Alegre



Type of object:

Utilitarian ware; ceramic; porcelain


Painter: Victor Rousseau (Date of birth unknown, Paris, France-1852, Vista Alegre, Portugal)

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):



A14,5 x L27 x 11


Inskstandish shaped like a brigantine, representing young triton blowing on a conch trumpet. Ink wells, lids and edges decorated with flowers in polychrome. Base of the inkstand is rested on waves, painted in shades of green. The inkstandish reflects the taste for nautical representations, evoking the national maritime glory, while it introduces delicate floral motifs, in the romantic style of that epoch. Painted by Victor Rousseau, master of painting in the Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory, this object is an example of the early decorative tendencies, distinguishable by the virtuosity of the drawings, intricate forms and artistic experimentation.

Citation of this web page:

 "Inkstand" in Sharing History , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=sh_objects;AWE;pt;4;en&id=porcelain

MWNF Working Number: PT 019

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