A George II silver coffee pot, London 1735 by Augustin Courtauld
A George II silver coffee pot, London 1735 by Augustin Courtauld. The baluster form body with a scroll decorated cast spout and handle mountings. The stepped and domed lid surmounted with a cast acorn finial. With a scrolling fruitwood handle. All standing on a raised circular foot.
Clearly hallmarked for London 1735, by the very fine huguenot maker Augustin Courtauld. The lid is marked with the maker’s mark and the lion passant.
This is an excellent George II silver coffee pot of very high quality with no damage or repairs. Exceptionally good hinge and stands true on a flat surface. The hallmarks are well struck and very clear, and the whole piece is of wonderful colour and patina.
Augustin Courtauld was a very fine Huguenot silversmith who served as an apprentice under Simon Pantin. He produced silver of excellent design and proportion, and enjoyed considerable success as a goldsmith.
Height: 22.5 cm or 9 inches
Width (handle to spout): 20 cm or 8 inches
Weight including handle: 744g or 26.25 oz
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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