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Copper writing set from the Vrije

16th century

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This copper writing and ink pot set has stood for over four hundred years on the former chairman’s table in the old courtroom of the Brugse Vrije. It is one of the most copied works of art in Bruges. New rulers always wanted their own copy. Today there are two sets, one of which is a replica. In the middle of the hexagon there is a box for small items, in the corners some led ink pots, and a copper dispenser box for the powder to dry the ink. Jan Crabbe II designed the finely decorated ink sets. His son, Jan Crabbe III, later designed the world renowned Relic of the Holy Blood.