An Exceptional George II Silver Coffee Pot by Samuel Courtauld, London 1752
An excellent quality George II silver coffee pot by the renowned Huguenot silversmith Samuel Courtauld. Of plain tapering baluster form with embossed floral and scroll decoration, cast leaf-capped spout, a high raised floral decorated domed lid with ornate cast finial. Original scroll fruit wood handle. Vacant floral cartouche to the side. The whole standing on a stepped circular foot.
Hallmarked for London 1752, by Samuel Courtauld. Full set of hallmarks to the body and the makers mark and lion passant to lid.
A scratch weight of 25"15 is marked to the base. The marks are clear and well struck with only some partial rubbing.
This is a very attractive coffee pot in excellent condition.
The gauge of the silver is very good and the lid fits extremely well.
The handle is firm with no cracks, chips or splits and the finial sits true.
This is an exceptionally rare museum quality coffee pot by one of the greatest silversmiths of the eighteenth century. The Courtauld family were renowned Huguenot silversmiths, they were highly influential in the evolution of English silver design and technique. Samuel Courtauld was apprenticed to his father Augustin in 1734 and subsequently registered his own mark in 1746 at the Goldsmith’s Hall, SC with the sun in splendour.
A similar example can be seen in the Courtauld collection showing an identical cast spout and similar high relief decoration.
It is of a good gauge and has a lovely colour and patina by one of the most highly regarded Huguenot silversmiths.