A Charming Antique French Silver ‘Selfish’ Coffee Pot in the very refined ‘Directory Style’ by ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Jacques Gabriel André BOMPART.
Later continued by the Empire Style, the Directory Style started right after the revolution, after years of struggles and loss of workmanship.
The designs were rather simple and elegant, with pure details and heralded the use of Antique symbols brought back by the French expedition in Egypt, and later heavily used in the Empire Style.
This lovely French Antique Silver Coffee Pot is called ‘Egoïste’ or Selfish in French as it holds roughly 5/4 Espressos or 2 larger coffees but no more! Hence the connotation of Selfish!
The design is extremely pure with the ebony handle fitting perfectly and giving a very clean line, while linked to the pot by a delicately silver sunflower on one end and a geometric design on the other side.
The Spout is lovely, showcasing a ‘zoomorphic’ design representing a horse’s head. The bottom part of the spout is worked with an acanthus leaf design, floral scrolls and rosettes.
The Finial, or ‘Frétel’, is in the form of a raspberry, resting on a top of an acanthus leaf wreath, while the edges of the lid are carved with a laurel leaves band.
The body of the coffee pot showcases another wreath of laurel leaves.
The coffee pot rests on three feet extending in delicately carved lion’s paws.
The feet connect with the body of the pot with a Palmetto design flanked by rosettes and bearing a charming center figure representing a horse’s head.
The Hallmark is Poinçon Vieillard (or Michael Angelo) 1 -1st title (950/1000)- 1819 to 1838 – Paris.
The Makers Mark is for Jacques Gabriel André BOMPART and features his 4 initials surrounding a knight’s helmet.
He registered his mark in 1798 and worked until the very early part of 1838.