A Gorgeous French Antique Gilt Silver or Vermeil, ‘Selfish’ Coffee Pot in the very refined ‘Directoty Style’ by Maître Orfèvre Augustin Desnoyers-Hubert.
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 heavily used in the Empire Style.
This lovely French Antique Silver Coffee Pot is called ‘Egoïste’ or Selfish in French as it holds roughly 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 carved silver peony.
The Spout is lovely, showcasing a ‘zoomorphic’ design representing a lion’s head.
The Finial, or ‘Frétel’, is in the form of a raspberry, resting on top of a vermeil peony flower, while the edges of the lid are carved with a crown of laurel leaves.
The body of the coffee pot showcases another wreath of laurel leaves, and an etched vine wreath around the upper part.
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 lovely Palmetto design.
The gilding is original to the piece and in great condition.
The Hallmark is 2ieme Coq (2nd Rooster) -1st title Silver (950/1000) – Paris 1809/1819
The Makers Mark is for Maître Orfèvre Augustin Desnoyers-Hubert
It shows his initials are separated by a Cup topped by a Clover
His marked was registered in 1803, under number 694 in Paris.
His workshop was located 18 Cours de Harlay in Paris.