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French Sterling Silver PUIFORCAT & Hand Painted Samson Porcelain de Paris Chocolate Pot
Lovely French Puiforcat sterling silver mounted Porcelain de Paris chocolate pot. The body decorated in Chinese Export / Famille Rose styling, hand painted with fine details and vibrant bold colors on a white ground. Patterned with fighting roosters or cockerell in a garden setting, surrounded by purple, yellow, red and blue flowers among intricate foliage and grapes on the vine. Mounted with exquisite French .950 sterling silver mounts elegantly decorated with a gadrooned border. As with all genuine chocolate pots, 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. Retains a carved wooden moussoir. On one side, is an elegant carved wooden handle with sterling silver sleeve. Hallmarks to the silver collar, lid, handle and base. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, which guaranteed the finest quality French sterling silver of .950/1000 purity in use from 1838 (95% pure silver and a higher grade than the standard .925 for sterling). Maker's mark for prestigious silversmith Puiforcat. Porcelain body is marked with a Samson pseudo Chinese character in red. In overall good vintage used condition. No chips or damage to the porcelain, some crazing to the base. Appears to be a repair to the spout as there is a slight difference in color, however this does not show under a black light. It is possible there was once a hinged lid or flap to the aperture on the lid, please see picture. Measures 7 3/4" height x 9 3/4" wide with the handle. The moussoir stirrer is 11 7/8" length.
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