A FRENCH SILVER AND MIXED METAL FOUR-PIECE TEA SET WITH MATCHING TRAY, CHRISTOFLE & CIE, PARIS, CIRCA 1880
comprising a Teapot, Hot Milk Jug, Creamer, covered Sugar Bowl, and circular Tray with a fixed basket handle, all with spot-hammered surfaces applied with gilt wisteria and copper bamboo, the covers of the teapot and sugar bowl each with three copper butterflies
marked throughout, stamped on bases CHRISTOFLE ORFEVRES
73 oz 10 dwt
height of hot milk jug 6 in.; diameter of tray 12½ in.
15.2 cm; 31.7 cm
Sugar bowl with shallow dent to lower body, hot milk jug with lower handle terminal pushed into body slightly, teapot and creamer with a few minor dings, tray with a messy repair to one side of handle and a shallow dent to rim, all with gilding rubbed, otherwise good; please note that the ivory insulators have been replaced with ivorine.
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This set was designed by Henri Godin (1846-1902) and S. Waret (1826-1902). Christofle exhibited a new line in mixed-metals, derived from Japanese techniques, at the metalwork exhibition organized by the Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs in 1880. The line was to be called “Les Polychromes” and combined silver, copper and brass, possibly encouraged by Tiffany's success with their mixed metals at the 1878 Paris Exposition.