This Ming porcelain Chinese taste scholars object has had ormolu added to convert it to a European ink-stand and was sold in the late 19th or early 20th century by the exclusive Parisian firm of Boin-Taburet (marked Bointaburet on the ormolu base). A partnership of George Boin and Emile Taburet were based at 3 Rue Pasquier, Paris. This retail firm is considered to have re-introduced the Louis XV style to Parisian metalwork in the late 1880`s. Boin-Taburet won great acclaim at the International Exhibitions held in Paris, 1889 and Moscow, 1891. They were also chosen to represent France at the St. Petersburg Exhibition of 1902.
The Rectangular section comes out, the circular ormolu additions to the to are attached but triangular sections of the metal being folded back under the porcelain. The Ormolu finial is also attached but I am not sure how.
Ormolu, from the French dorure d’or moulu, meaning “gilding with gold paste” is an eighteenth-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze. The mercury is driven off in a kiln. The French refer to this technique as bronze doré; in English, it is also known as “gilt bronze”.