Late nineteenth century bronze desk seal. Mephistopheles.




A late nineteenth century bronze desk seal showing Mephistopheles.           RESERVED.

This finely sculpted bronze desk seal was produced towards the end of the nineteenth century. It shows Mephistopheles, a demon from German folklore, best known from the Faust legend, an intermediary for the Devil, doing Faust's bidding in return for his soul. The Mephistopheles here is of a pleasing form with elegant features. The seal is solid bronze, with an occupied matrix of scrolling interlocked characters. A new matrix may be easily obtained allowing for contemporary use should this be desired.

   This charming desk seal stands 8 cm high, is 4 cm at its widest point and 2.5 cm at its deepest. (Measurements approximate). The seal is in excellent condition, showing light wear appropriate to its age and substance it has no damage and no restoration.