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Sèvres Coffee Pot and Cover

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Dates Circa 1763
Medium Porcelain
Origin France
Description A very rare Sèvres coffee pot and cover painted with a freize riche decoration. Contemporary and high-quality gilt metal mounts with a thumb piece.

Date letter K for 1763.

Painter’s mark for Antoine-Louis Fontelliau (active 1753-1782).

This rare model has a simple looped handle and is shown in drawings in the factory archives. A very similar model is also illustrated by David Peters as part of a small dejeuner. This is decorated with a comparable frieze riche decoration, by Thévenet (1763–4). This rare shape, often erroneously described as a hot milk jug and cover, has been convincingly attributed as a coffee pot by David Peters in his article on Sevres Coffee Pots in FPS Journal Vol. III. It has no name in the factory records. However, the same model with a side handle is recorded as a cafatière à manche, having a turned wooden or ivory handle.

In silver, this shape is known as a marabou, and this name was later adopted for the shape in hard paste porcelain models at the Sèvres factory.

13.5cm High
Literature David Peters Early Sèvres Coffee Pots, The French Porcelain Society Journal, Volume III, (2007) p.p.100-110. Figs. 17b & 18.