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Antique French Sterling Silver Sevres Style Porcelain Chocolate Pot
Antique French Sevres style porcelain chocolate pot with exquisite sterling silver mounts. The body and spout feature a hand painted pattern of gold gilt leaf forms and blue flowers, perhaps after the cornflowers that were Queen Marie Antoinette's favorite and a popular Sevres motif. Accented further with gilt trim and a foliage border of leaves and red berries. Mounted with French sterling silver finished with a beautiful gilt vermeil interior. Topped by a casted acorn finial resting on a foliage decorated medallion. As with all genuine chocolate pots, the finial itself is hinged to allow access to the aperture on the lid for the moussoir / stirring rod to whisk and froth the hot chocolate rather than opening the lid entirely and risk the contents getting cold. On one side, an elegant ebonized wooden handle is screwed into the cylindrical sleeve. Marked on the base with Sevres interlaced L's and letter F within. Silver hallmarks to the collar, lid and rim on the finial. Hallmarked with the head of Mercury with a number 1 beside him to denote a silver content of 950/1000 (of 95% pure silver and a higher finesse than .925 sterling). In use from 1878, this mark was used for French made items intended for export. Also bearing maker's marks for Charles Forgelot, active 1901-1928 at 4 avenue de Clichy, Paris. In very good condition with some general light wear from handling. One dimple to the base edge of the lid visible in the 4th picture. No chips or cracks to the beautiful porcelain body. Measures 6 1/2" total length including handle. Has a 3 1/4" diameter base. Stands 6 7/8" height.
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