Absolutely Exquisite Antique French Enamelware Coffee Pot with Lid
Hand-painted, blue with elaborate raised enamel decor, c. 1880
Made in Europe for the French market
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 and an elaborate flourish on the front as well as on the back. Hand-painted enamelware pieces, like this one, 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 requiring each color to be painted individually and fired in the kiln, before the next color could be added.
The handle was made in two pieces and riveted, not soldered, to the body. Soldering was a technique only discovered after 1910. In addition, the base was added separately. These details point to this cafetière's age dating to the early period of enamelware production in the second half of the 19th century, c. 1880.
This is indeed a rare and exceptional antique coffee pot. 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 is a large chip on the back (review the photos please); otherwise, the cafetière is in excellent condition. It is my view that the damage on the back does not significantly impact the value of this piece given the sophisticated decor and age of the piece. It is a rare find. I will polish any minor chips with museum-quality wax, which protects from future rusting.
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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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