A Gorgeous French Antique Silver ‘Selfish’ Coffee Pot in the very refined ‘Directory Style’ by ‘Maître Orfèvre’ CP VAHLAND
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 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 carved silver peony.
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.
The Finial, or ‘Frétel’, is in the form of a nut, resting on top of an acanthus leaf wreath, 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.
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 lenght given above is taken between the handle and the end of the spout.
The Hallmark is Poinçon Vieillard (or Michel Angel) 1 -1st title – Paris- 1819 to 1838
The Makers Mark is that of CP VAHLAND. His mark shows a C a P and a V underneath, with a dot between the C and the P, and a flower vase above. His mark was registered in 1810 and lasted for 10 years. He held shop at 20 Cours de Harlay in Paris. He specialized in larger decorative pieces.