Antique French Enamelware Coffee Pot with Lid
Hand-painted, teal blue, raised enamel, c. 1880
Made in Europe
Dimensions: 10" H x 9" W (from handle to spout;) 3 5/8" diameter at the opening and 5" diameter at the bottom
Original; not a reproduction.
This is a very fine and beautiful hand-painted enamelware coffee pot, with lovely raised flowers on the front as well as on the back. Hand-painted enamelware pieces were considered luxury items, even in their day. They were very expensive to produce as skilled artists painted each piece free-hand. It was a long and meticulous process as each color had to be painted separately and fired in the kiln, before the next color could be added.
The handle is riveted, not soldered, to the body; this was a technique only discovered after 1910. In addition, the base was added separately. Both of these details point to this cafetiere's age dating to the early period of enamelware production in the second half of the 19th century.
This is indeed a rare and exceptional little coffee pot, especially given its excellent condition. Its colors are as lively and vibrant as the day it was made. This coffee pot is a must-have for any collector of hand-painted enamelware. Please note that there are a few minor chips, which have been sealed with museum-quality wax, the same used in preservation by the British Museum in London. This will prevent any further rusting. There is some heat scarring at the bottom of the pot on the back of the cafetiere (please see the photos for details).
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About French Enameled Ware: "Every piece, for those who can see it, has a fascinating little detail. It can be the shape or the decoration, the color of a flower, a butterfly, a bird trying to catch a bee, a landscape in winter, a sunrise, or simply the elegant curve of a handle or spout that makes it so unique. This unlimited variety of style and design makes French enameled ware so incredibly alive and charming that even people who have not seen it before have to stop and admire it. ... What makes it so special and attractive is the use of colors and wonderful designs, so close to nature or so abstract (depending on the period), but always striving for esthetic and artistic perfection." From French Enameled Ware for the Collector.
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