A beautiful tea set. Produced by the renowned Maison Odiot, this set is notable for both it's superb decorative appeal as well as it's unusual weight. The swirling fluted bodies are emphasized by textured stripes. The tops and bottoms of the bodies are lavished with finely chased rocailles that undulate gently like molten silver. Handles are pierced and textured bands, a strapping effect, edged and attached with scrolling foliate accents, especially elaborate and finely chased at the points of attachment. The lids of pot and sugar mirror the body design, as do the delightful top knops. The top knops are attached to the lids upon elegant chased acanthus leaf quartets. The spout of the teapot highlights the molted silver effect, the base richly chased rocaille, the tip flowing rivers of silver drops, and further enhanced with a charming cartouche and large 'pearls'. The spout of the cream is fashioned in a form reminiscent of a large upside down bell flower, partially fluted, emerging from a foliate case, the edge of the spout 'dripping' more of that melted silver. Absolutely delicious set in very fine condition. Rare and unusual pattern, not to be missed!
Dimensions: Tea pot is 8.5-9" tall, 7.5" diameter and weighs over 2 pounds! 1220 grams to be specific. the sugar also weighs over 2 pounds:985 grams. It is 7.25" tall, 8.5" long and 6" diameter. The cream is 5" tall, 6.25" long, 4.75" diameter and 435 grams. The combined weight in troy ounces is: 74.29.
Marks: each piece bears the .950 sterling guarantee, the maker's mark for Maison Odiot, Prevost, Recipion & Cie, and the numeral 1234. This mark dates the set between 1894-1906.
Condition: excellent. No notable flaws. I find no deformations, dings, dents. There is some tenacious tarnish and apparent aging to the original ivory heat insulators. What I would call usual signs of aging and use.
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