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A rare 950 silver Aesthetic Movement coffee pot

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A rare 950 silver Aesthetic Movement coffee pot
Paris circa 1880 by Elvire Queillé

The subtly rounded and smooth body standing on a flat base with a bamboo rim, the front and back of the body decorated with crossed bamboo branches, the top terminated with a corresponding lid with bamboo leaf decoration and a branch segment as a knob. The silver handle on the back made in the shape of a naturalistic bamboo branch which divides into two smaller branches to the upper sockets and being connected to the body heat stoppers made of bone. The spout, like the handle, is also formed as a bamboo branch.
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Exceptional Art Nouveau coffee pot in 950 silver in the rare Aesthetic Style that was en vogue for a short time during the Art Nouveau.
The affinity of Art Nouveau to Japanese art was based in particular on the designs of British artists of the Aesthetic Movement as well as on the silverware of Tiffany, whose works in silver and mixed metal (silver combined with bronze or brass) enhanced interest in Japanese art from 1875 onwards. In contrast to German Art Nouveau, there was a great interest in Japanese stylistic tendencies in France and the French-speaking countries during the Art Nouveau era, which was also due to the distribution of Japanese prints that became widespread in Europe through the trade from 1860 onwards.
Elvire Queillé (1834-1896) can be traced as a silversmith from 1874 to 1895 and came from an old and highly respected silversmithing dynasty founded 1808 by the spoonmaker Pierre-François Queillé I in the Marais district of Paris. In honour of the founder, the silversmithy has kept his maker´s mark for the whole time. The silversmithy was exclusively family-owned until 1895, when a part of the workshop was acquired by the renowned silversmith Henry Laparra. The other part of the workshop remained in the hands of Emile Queillé until he died in 1955.

19.1 cm / 7.51″ length, circa 13.8 cm / 5.43″ diameter, circa 26.4 cm / 10.39″ tall; 940.8 g / 33.18 oz