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DEBAIN : Unique Antique French Sterling Silver Chocolate Pot Louis XVI Style, Moussoir
A uniquely styled late 19th century antique French sterling silver chocolate pot, complete with original moussoir / stirring rod, by Parisian master silversmith Alphonse DEBAIN. This extraordinary chocolate pot is of classic mid-1700s aiguière (ewer) form, its graceful baluster body draped with berried laurel swags, laurel leaf applied borders, lower body and lid finely flat-chased with perlé accented feuilles d'eau motifs, and a large cross-ribbon cartouche surmounted by an elegant Marie-Antoinette bow. The pot stands on a circular base trimmed with a Louis XVI cross-ribbon border, and its handle has decorative foliate mounts. As with all genuine chocolate pots, the sinuous high domed lid features a swivel finial (to allow access to the aperture for the moussoir / stirring rod), and a decorative acanthus flying scroll thumb rest. An exceptional and finely crafted chocolate pot, in excellent condition.
Marks: the pot is appropriately punched with the Minerve 1st titre, the French guarantee for .950 sterling silver, and bears the maker's mark for Alphonse DEBAIN active in 1883, Paris. Debain won a Gold Medal at the 1889 Exposition Universalle in Paris.
Dimensions: the pot alone stand 9.5" tall, the diameter is over 5". It weighs 765 grams. The moussoir is 13" long.