A magnificent teapot from the world-famous House of Odiot of Paris, circa 1894 - 1906. The deep and finely chased decoration dazzles with its rococo elements, borrowed from the period of Louis XV, including acanthus leaves, shells, and various c-scrolls, and is punctuated by a finial of leaves and a Marguerite flower on the lid. The pot stands atop four fluted feet; and the handle retains its ivory heat insulators. The Minerve I fineness guarantee for .950 silver (purer than sterling's .925) is impressed in three places: the finial, the rim of the lid and on the underside of the pot. The underside of the teapot also bears the maker's mark for Maison Odiot (Mon Odiot), plus Prévost, Récipon & Cie, who ran the Odiot business from 1894 - 1906 at 72 rue Basse-du-Rempart, Paris. There is also an impressed number 3212. The pot is very heavy, weighing nearly two pounds! 30.6 oz. or 867 grams. The tea pot is very heavy, well balanced and in fine condition - which is to say, near perfect, with only the appropriate micro-scratches of age and use. (Gray circles on the lid in one of the photos are just shadows.) No damage whatsoever, and it's clean and ready to use for another hundred years or more. Please see the large images for measurements and details. A splendid teapot for a special someone! Is it you?!
Item ID: 1009-01
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