A picture of a similar pichet and two similar beakers is in the collection of Christofle archives. It was in 1880 for the Arts du Métal exhibition organized in Paris by the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs that Christofle exhibited for the first time pieces from its collection Polychromes. These silver and silver plated pieces are adorned with polychrome japanizing decorations.
Overall good condition.
Some light surface scratches scattered, traces of light oxidation throughout and some handling wear to the gilding and the silevring, consistent with age and use. The pitcher presents with a light indentation on the proper right side of the handle, not visually distractive. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."