A 19th Century Austro-Hungarian Empire Silver gilt and hand-painted Enamel miniature coffee service comprising a tray, a coffee maker, a milk pitcher, a covered sugar, two cups and saucers. Each silver part is richly gilt, each piece is enamelled with hand-painted Rococo style loving scenes and courting couples surrounded by a scrolling foliage applied with a gilt decoration on a pale pink or red background. Each element is decorated with a medallion decorated with a loving scene with shepherds in a landscape, musicians… influenced by 18th century painting. The tray presents an important 18th century style gallant scene. The reverse of the tray depicts an exceptionally lush landscape The interior of each service part is embellished with enamelled scrolls and flying birds.
Some usures on the coffee pot and one of the cups.
Coffee pot: H 4.13in. (10.5 cm)/ w: 3.54in. (9 cm), milk jug H: 2.75in. (7cm), 2 cups D: 1.57in. (4 cm) and H: 1.57in. (4 cm), saucer D: 2.75in. (7 cm).
Tray: L: 8.66in. (22 cm)/ W: 5.90in. (15 cm).
Weight:22.68 oz. ( 643 g).
Silver marks: A for Austria.
Silversmith: LP for Ludwig Politzer. Ludwig Politzer (1841-1907) was one of the most important silversmiths and jewellers working in Vienna in the second half of the 19th century. Born in Hungary, he became a partnership of Hermann Böhm from 1866 until the 1870s. His works were exhibited at the Paris International Exhibitions in 1878 and 1900. He specialized in silver enamelled pieces of small size such as naves or miniature services. He was appointed jeweller of the Imperial Court. He died in Vienna in 1907. It is the representative of the Viennese historical style characteristic of the second half of the 19th century.
Some of his pieces are on display today at the Victoria & Albert Museum.