On View In:
Gallery 328
Artist:   Elizabeth Godfrey (inkwell and pounce pot)
Isaac Duke (stand)  
Title:   Inkstand  
Date:   1748-1749  
Medium:   silver  
Dimensions:   3 1/4 x 8 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (8.3 x 22.2 x 16.5 cm)  
Credit Line:   The Olivia C. Coan Fund  
Location:   Gallery 328  

Elizabeth Godfrey originally registered her mark as Elizabeth Buteux following the death of her first husband Abraham Buteux, then again when her second husband Benjamin Godfrey died. She enjoyed the patronage of aristocratic clients throughout her career, and is represented in the collection of several major museums. Her training presumably began under her father, distinguished sivlersmith Simon Pantin. Augustin Courtauld apprenticed with Pantin before establishing his own family dynasty in the trade. Note the salver in the center of this case, which was retailed by Courtauld's son and daughter-in-law.

Name:   Duke, Isaac  
Life Dates:   English, active 1731-1758  
Name:   Godfrey, Elizabeth  
Nationality:   English  
Life Dates:   English, active 1731-c. 1758  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Mark Stand fully marked on underside with mark of Isaac Duke. Inkwell and pounce pot marked on u  
Classification:   Metalwork  
Physical Description:   Inkstand, silver, English XVIIIc cat. card dims H 1-3/4'  
Creation Place:   Europe, England, , , London  
Accession #:   56.15a-d  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts