An absolutely Adorable French Antique Silver Selfish Creamer by Antoine HIENCE
This creamer or milk pot is called ‘Egoïste’ in French as it holds enough cream or milk for 2 guests but no more! Hence the connotation of Selfish!
It is really adorable and the work on it is exquisite!
Its body is baluster shaped and rests on a round base, while the handle is in twisted Ebony and is removable
The lovely spout is duck bill shaped but done up with Laurel leaves beautifully detailed.
The dome shaped lid is topped by a charming décor of laurel leaves with a spinning top as a finial.
The handle is set sideways and its base is decorated with a swirling wave pattern.
An absolutely charming piece!
The length given above includes the handle.
The Hallmark is Michael Angelo Hallmark (Poincon Au Vieillard) -1st title (950/1000) – Hence 1819 to 1838 – Paris
The Makers Mark is Antoine HIENCE and shows an A and an H separated by crossed anchors.
He registered his mark in 1798 and cancelled in September 1828.
His workshop was located at 36 then 60 Quai des Orfevres in Paris.