ROYAL: A FRENCH PARCEL-GILT SILVER TEA AND COFFEE SET, CHRISTOFLE & CIE, PARIS, 1867-68
comprising a Teapot, Coffee Pot, Kettle on Lampstand, Creamer, covered Sugar Bowl, and Tray, all chased with diaper enclosing flowerheads, crown finials above a border of crossed A's
marked on bases and numbered 603182, with later import marks for London, 1944
270 oz 10 dwt
height of kettle on lampstand 13½ in.; length of tray 25⅝ in.
34.3 cm; 65 cm
All with gilding rubbed at high spots; kettle with one of the pegs pushed into body slightly, some dings to handle, finial lacking the bolt to keep attached, and the burner with some shallow dents to base rim; tray with light surface scratches from use; otherwise set in good condition.
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The monogram and crown are those of Alexandra, Princess of Wales, who had married in 1863 the future Edward VII. The model dates to 1867-68, and in June of 1867 the Prince of Wales was the guest of Napoleon III for the Paris Exposition. The Princess, recovering from rheumatic fever, remained in England, and this set was presumably a gift to her from either her spouse or his host.