Gorgeous Antique French Silver Selfish Tea Pot by Jacques Henri FAUCONNIER.
This tea pot is called ‘Egoïste’ in French as it holds roughly 2 small cups of tea or 1 larger tea cup but no more! Hence the connotation of Selfish.
While Selfish Coffee pots are more easily found in French Silver – Selfish tea Pots are extremely rare!
What is amazing in this little fellow is the fact that it resembles closely the Art Deco style yet pre dates it by more then a hundred years!
The oval shape is very pure and unmarred by any heavy decorations leaving all the beauty to the streamed lines.
The ebony handle is softly shaped and again very simple and very pure.
The lid sits flush on the upper part of the pot, only outlined by a slightly raised oval insert.
The finial reflects the same purity showcasing a simple round ebony button topped by a silver dot.
The duck bill shaped spout is also left simple, its roundness complementing the ensemble.
All in all it is a true Trailblazer’ for the Art Deco style, just pre-dating it by more then a hundred years.
A true work of Art!
The Hallmark is Michael Angelo (or Poinçon Vieillard in French) -1st title (950/1000)- 1809 to 1819 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for Jacques Henri FAUCONNIER who registered his mark in 1809.
It shows his initials topped by a Falcon facing left.
His offices were located 58 Rue du Bac in Paris