Empire style tea pot and creamer, ovoid in shape, decorated with friezes of water leaves. The tea pot has a very beautiful zoomorphic dog head spout, connected to the body by a large palmette. The lid is adorned with a delicate frieze of pearls and topped with a beautiful catch resting on a finely chiseled base decorated with oak leaves and acorns.
The handles are in ebony. They rest on a pedestal edged with bay leaves and a water leaf frieze.
Both engraved with the monogram JG.
• Goldsmith mark, "F. DURAND, a forge bellowsd" for François DURAND.
• French "Vieillard" : mark for solid silver (950/1000) in Paris, 1819-1838.
Weight: 1,78 pounds (806 grams).
François DURAND, goldsmith of the Duc d'ORLÉANS, was a pupil of ODIOT and workshop manager of FAUCONNIER. He participate to the Exhibitions of the Products of Industry of the early 19th century but also at the Universal Exhibitions in London (Crystal Palace, 1851) and Paris (1855).
François DURAND will make the Coupe du Prix 1841 des Courses de Goodwood (Louvre Museum, Paris).
It was donated by Ferdinand-Philippe, Duke of ORLÉANS and eldest son of King LOUIS-PHILIPPE, an amateur horse magnate and enlightened patron, to the winner of the Goodwood (UK) horse races in 1841. This Renaissance style cup, will be commissioned by the prince to the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Jules KLAGMANN and realized by DURAND.
It is currently conserved in the MUSÉE DU LOUVRE in Paris.