This is a splendid 19th century (c.1880s) hand carved and elaborate desk stand that began life as a double inkwell. There are 2 pressed glass inkwells in the carved compartments but they are slightly smaller than what would have original been there. With the fabulous subject of this carving: rooster, hen, chicks, it begs to be repurposed to a table centerpiece, perhaps a bouquet in that 4" tall basket, toothpicks or party picks in the glass pots, or a cigar caddy, matches in the glass pots - you'll find multiple ways to decorate with this one. Magnificent rooster and hen, and 1 complete chick, 2 more with heads gone missing over time. Full measurements are noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, there are a few small flaws to note but overall, an exceptionally fine carving. Flaws: there are 3 small chicks, 1 is complete and 2 have lost their heads. The rooster and hen are gorgeous anatomical sculptures and not even a tail feather is lost there, which is quite rare. The basket has 2 small carved handles, one is missing but not noticeable. Final flaw is a flashing chip on the top rail of the fence to the far right of the stand as it faces you in the photos. I have marked each with 'x' for you review. The glass ink pots are not original but are same period in time. They're a bit smaller than what originals would have been, though not visibly noticeable in place.