A VICTORIAN SILVER FOUR-PIECE TEA AND COFFEE SERVICE, JEAN-VALENTIN MOREL FOR MOREL & CO., LONDON, 1849
comprising: coffee pot, tea pot, sugar/slop bowl and cream jug; in the Ottoman style, all pieces finely chased with foliate panels within arabesque borders, the pots and cream jug with ivory handles, each on a spreading circular foot flat-chased with a band of stylised tulips, post-1893 French import mark
coffee pot 22cm., 8½in. high
2364gr., 76oz. total
Possibly originally a slightly larger service. Very good clear marks. Heavy gauge. Finely chased. Ivory tea and coffee pot handles a little crazed. Gilded interiors. Very good condition overall.
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Jean-Valentin Morel was a master goldsmith, initially apprenticed to Adrien-Maximilian Vachette in Paris, maker of gold boxes to Louis XVI and Napoleon, but in around 1818 he started working independently. He registered his first mark in August 1827 and went to work with the Fossin brothers in 1834, remaining there until 1840. His stylisticly diverse work here, born from an amalgamation of Renaissance, French and Islamic influences, became synonimous with superb craftmanship and quality.