This is a wonderful French rolling ink blotter featuring a sphinx motif and dates from the 19th Century. 

The rolling action of this style of blotter was to better pick up excess ink from a document to prevent smudging and smearing. In the Victorian period, it was a must-have desk accessory! Of course it can still be used for this very purpose and in the meantime is quite decorative and lovely. 

H 8.5cm x L 14cm x D 6.5cm 

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