Gorgeous Antique French Silver Selfish Teapot by Marc-Augustin LEBRUN.
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!
This lovely little fellow is absolutely charming and in perfect state!
The baluster shape is very pure and unmarred by any heavy decorations with only a dainty laurel leaf wreath circling the upper level.
The body rests on a raised round pedestal also lined with a laurel leaf wreath.
The upper part of the main body, close to the lid, is beautifully worked in a delicate ‘guilloché’
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 slightly rounded with the finial reflecting the same purity and showcasing a simple round ebony button topped by a silver dot.
The horse head shaped spout is particularly well rendered, complementing the ensemble.
Just a lovely lovely piece!
The Hallmark is 2nd Coq (or 2nd rooster) 1st title (950/1000)-1809 to 1819 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for Marc Augustin LEBRUN who registered his mark in 1810.
It shows his initials topped by a weathercock with an eagle underneath.
His offices were located 40 Quai des Orfèvres in Paris.