This is a lovely example of an early "Biggins" cafetiere, with the curvy "goose~neck" and "split end" spout. It dates from the early 20's. It is complete with all four pieces (pot, lid, grounds basket with it's lid).
It is complete with all four pieces. The enamel is in a bright and delicious shade of bird-egg blue. There are hand painted flowers, in bright orange and yellow, with green leaves.
Each part of the decorative design first began with a raised surface (this is only seen in early cafetiere pots......later ones the design remains flat on the surface of the pot). The raised designs of this pot, leaves and flowers, were each hand painted; the pot was then fired for a last time to set all the enamel into place. The matching lid of the piece was ornamented in the same manner as the pot, and is accented with orange and yellow flowers, with green leaves.
The cafetiere is in good condition, with very little loss of enamel (just enamel loss where many thumbs have grasped the handle on the top and bottom). The French blue still remains fresh and bright. The enamel decoration has no visible chipping and the colors are still vibrant. It measures: 11" tall (to top knob of lid), 5" in circumference at bottom, 3 1/2" in circumference at top, 8" wide from spout to handle.
Early cafetieres, complete with all four pieces, are becoming harder and harder to come by. This beautiful example would make a fine addition to a collection, or would stand alone beautifully in a French "cuisine".
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