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PUIFORCAT: Antique French Sterling Coffee Service Regency Style Mascaron
An exquisite Regency Style French sterling silver coffee service, crafted by renowned master silversmith Emile Puiforcat. Elegance, stately and refined, conspicuously define the decoration: comprised of partially fluted bodies, of baluster shape, with four flattened panel sides. The panels are divided into upper and lower partitions. Each portion engraved with finely textured strapped cartouches, which frame elegant raised decoration including shells, bell flowers, vines and foliage. The lids of both the sugar and the coffee pot mirror the double paneled cartouche pattern; and the bases upon which each piece is mounted has one panels on the four sides. Coffee pot and sugar bowl lids surmounted with unusually tall finials, adding to the graceful appearance of these pieces. Serpentine handles are strapped, separated by textured ground and wrapped with twining foliage. The cream spout boasts a truly exceptional mascaron; a bearded champion, wreathed in laurels. One side of each piece engraved with interlaced monogram, with the initials MB. Each piece also stamped with the Minerve 1st titre, French .950 parts silver sterling guarantee, as well as the maker's punch for Emile Puiforcat. This set is in excellent condition; no notable flaws.
Dimensions: The coffee pot is 9 5/8" tall, 8.5" from spout to handle, 4.75" diameter and weighs 729 grams. The sugar with lid is 6.25" high, 6.25" wide and 4.5" diameter, weighing 541 grams. And the cream is 4" tall, 4" spout to handle, and 2.5" diameter; weight is 168 grams. Combined weight then is 1438 grams, or over 46 troy ounces.
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