Beautiful tripod coffee or tea pot in solid silver in ovoid shape. The neck is punctuated by delicate friezes of pearls and the body of delicate friezes of finely chiseled palmettes. It has a very elegant zoomorphic spout with a horse head connected to the body by superb palm leaves. The hinged lid is topped with a beautiful seed, the handle is in ebony. It rests on three claw feet with superb palmettes.
French mark "Vieillard 1er titre", 1819-1838.
French mark "Grosse Garantie de Paris".
Maker's mark : Jean-Pierre BIBRON.
This is a piece of goldsmithery from the Restoration period, using the general structure of a model from the Empire period. The ornamental repertoire has however been modified in order to adopt elements of what will only be designated much later under the name of "Restoration style".
This piece is characterized by a great purity of form as well as a beautiful finesse of carving.
Jean-Pierre Nicolas BIBRON was a goldsmith at 3, rue de Harlay until 1809, when he moved to 172 rue Saint-Jacques, then to 32 rue Bourg-l'Abbé in 1818.
Insculpation: year V, 18 frimaire (1798-1799, a bundle of weapons and a liberty cap), then on June 28, 1809 (a lion, a star, two points).
MUSEUMS, PUBLIC COLLECTIONS AND CLASSIFIED OBJECTS :
• MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS, PARIS, "Moutardier couvert" solid silver, Empire period (1804-1814), inv. 27422.
• MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS, PARIS, "Salière", solid silver, Paris 1798-1809, inv. 37487 A.
• MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS, PARIS, "Salière", solid silver, Paris 1798-1809, inv. 37487 B.
• CATHÉDRALE SAINT-GATIEN, TOURS, "Calice et patène" gilded silver, Paris 1798-1809.
• ÉGLISE SAINT-GEORGES, FRANKEN, "Calice" gilded silver", Paris, 1809.
• ÉGLISE PAROISSIALE NOTRE-DAME-DU-RONCIER, JOSSELIN, "Ciboire des malades", solid silver, Paris, 1798-1809 ; classified as Historical Monument on January 26, 1982.