A lovely bluebird sits atop a lattice work of flowers and vines on this early enamel coffeepot. It is French, from Provence, and dates from 1900-1910.
The body of the pot is white enamel and the handle is attached with rivets. The handle is a rich chocolate brown. The spout has a wide, flat top which is typical of early pieces. The lid is attached with the original hardware.
The motifs on this piece is unusual and charming, created by a true artist (this type of design work was considered an art form in it’s day). To make this pot, a highly skilled metal worker would cut the shape. The individual motifs were applied onto the steel base before the glass like finish of enamel was put on. Several coats of this enamel finish were then applied to assure a quality piece.
Amazingly, the colors of the front panel are still visible and bright. There are blue and rose colored flowers, a yellow basket and green leaves., with a blue and yellow bluebird on the front panel. The back panel has a lovely spray of blue flowers with green leaves and a gold arabesque.
The pot has some enamel loss but considering it’s age is in very good condition. There are no visible holes on the inside bottom. The handle is sturdy, as is the hinge to the lid.
It measures: 9” tall, 5 3/8” in diameter across the bottom, 3 7/8” in diameter across the top, 8 1/2” from widest point of handle to tip of spout.
It has all the ambience of Provence, with a joyous songbird and colorful flowers.
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