George II Silver Coffee Pot
Maker: Abraham Buteux
A good plain style antique sterling silver coffee pot with straight tapering sides and a shallow domed lid. Hand engraved...
A good plain style antique sterling silver coffee pot with straight tapering sides and a shallow domed lid. Hand engraved to the front with a horse crest within a scroll cartouche. Good gauge silver and colour. Weight 737 grams, 23.6 troy ounces. Height 20 cm. Spread 18 cm. London 1729. Maker Abraham Buteaux.
This handsome coffee pot is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. With a full set of clear English silver hallmarks on the body, the lid with lion mark only. 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: Abraham Buteux
Abraham Buteux (or Bateaux, Buteaux or Bulteaux) was born in London in 1698, the son of a Huguenot refugee family. Abraham’s father Isaac was a master weaver and Abraham was formerly apprenticed to William West of the Skinners Company in 1711 however it seems likely that he actually served a goldsmith’s apprenticeship under Simon Pantin (his uncle and godfather), free in 1718. Abraham married Simon Pantin’s daughter Elizabeth (Eliza) in 1721 at St Pauls Cathedral. That same year he entered 2 marks (Sterling and New Standard) and the married couple set up business in Green St, moving to Norris St in 1731. Just a few short months later Abraham died and Eliza, 3 months pregnant at the time, continued the business and entered her own widow’s mark as Elizabeth Buteux. The Buteux’s work bears similarity to that of Simon Pantin – elegant, classical style silverwares, mainly plain cups, other hollow-ware and salvers, to include a teapot and tea-table bowl on public display in the Harvard Art Museums and a toilet set in the V & A, London (not currently on display)
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