An absolutely Charming Antique French Silver Selfish Coffee Pot And Sugar Casket Set by Leon LAPAR.
This coffee pot is called ‘Egoïste’ in French (or Selfish in english) as it holds roughly 4 Espressos or 2 larger coffees but no more! Hence the connotation of Selfish!
It is really adorable and the work on it is exquisite!
The handle is in Mahogany, and the pot rests on 3 clawed feet.
The body is worked into a twisted swirling pattern with ‘Rocaille’ detailing and a light combed wave (Vague Peignee in French) effect on the bottom part of the pot.
The same twisted swirling design is used on the dome shaped lid with the same wave pattern enhancing the edge.
The Spout is in lovely duck bill shape and has a gorgeous seashell design etched at its base.
The Finial, or ‘Frétel’, is in the shape of a twisting seashell.
The sugar casket is again designed for a ‘Selfish’ service and has the exact same swirling pattern and combed waved borders effects.
The handle show a delicate rocaille style leaf pattern, while the finial showcases a seashell.
The height of the selfish coffee Pot is 7.4 inches
The height of the sugar casket is 5.1 inches
Both pieces are in perfect shape – just lovely!
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title – Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for Léon LAPAR which was registered in 1878 and cancelled in 1897.
It shows the name of the Maître Orfèvre.
His offices were located 16 then 25 Rue de Choiseul in Paris.