Four-Piece French Silver Empire-Style Coffee and Tea Setfirst quarter 20th century, by Marandet & Nichelini, Paris, first standard (.950) silver, including a coffeepot, h. 12-1/4", a teapot, h. 10-1/4", a covered sugar bowl, h. 7-1/2", and a cream jug, h. 5-3/4", each with an ovoid body and waisted collar, decorated with leaf-and-dart banding, with eagle's head spouts, acanthus bud finials and raised on swan-crested flat-column pad feet, with ebonized wood handles.
80.65 total t. oz. (including wooden fittings)
A very attractive set with minimal condition issues. Some light wear, including scattered pinpoint dings, scratches and scrapes, with a shallow 1/2" dent on the body of the teapot. No cracks or repairs to the wooden handles, which are likely later replacements; the pot handles have some very slight wiggle but are very secure. The teapot and sugar bowl, which have four legs (the other pieces have three) have a slight wobble but are likewise stable. Attractive detail. Each piece marked with the French first standard "Minerva" head and the maker's mark of Marandet & Nichelini.