A George II Silver Coffee Pot, Ayme Videau, London 1751
A George II Silver Coffee Pot, by Ayme Videau, London 1751, the tapering body profusely embossed and chased with a playful chinoiserie design reflecting the interest from the period - featuring scrolls, foliage and exotic flowers, amongst which are hidden two Chinese figures and birds of paradise. 2 cartouches to the sides, one is vacant and the other elegantly initialled. Original spacers and scrolling silver handle, all standing on a circular foot.
Clearly hallmarked to the body, London 1751 by Ayme Videau, the lid is marked with the lion passant and the maker’s mark.
Pieces by the important Huguenot silversmith Ayme Videau are highly sought-after. He is particularly noted for his very fine coffee pots, and the superbly detailed embossing and chasing are characteristic of his later work. Examples of his work can be found in the Victoria & Albert museum.
Overall this coffee pot is in excellent condition with very little wear and very good crisp definition to the superbly detailed embossing and chasing.
Height: 23cm or 9 inches
Width( handle to spout: 22cm or 8 ¾ inches
Diameter of widest point: 10cm or 4 inches
Weight: 791g or 28 oz or 25.4 oz Troy