George I Silver Octagonal Coffee Pot
Maker: Augustin Courtauld
This is a rare early antique silver coffee pot from the reign of George I. This handsome pot is made...
This is a rare early antique silver coffee pot from the reign of George I. This handsome pot is made from Britannia standard* grade silver and has the desirable octagonal shape with domed lid. Lovely plain style and a nice feature is the ducks head spout terminal. Also, to the other side there are 2 decorative shaped reinforcement plates where the shaped handle meets the body. Weight 786 grams, 25.2 troy ounces. Height 25 cms. Spread 21 cms. London 1721. Lid with Britannia mark*. Maker, almost certainly, the celebrated Huguenot maker Augustus Courtauld.
Literature: Britannia Standard. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.
Very good condition with no damage or restoration. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Maker: Augustin Courtauld
Augustin Courtauld 1685/86 - 1751. The young Augustin came to England from France during the persecution of the Protestants in 1696, and in 1701, he was apprenticed to the Huguenot silversmith Simon Pantin. He was made free of the Goldsmiths’ Company by service on 20th October 1708. Whereupon, he built a reputation for producing exceptional domestic silver. He was he head of a successful, prolific and renowned family of Silversmith’s, and were prominent members of the Huguenot community which contributed so notably to the arts and skilled crafts, commercial enterprise and public life in eighteenth century England. Very few examples of his work have survived, with most pieces being held in private collections notably in the Courtauld Institute Gallery.
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