The Most Important Silver Coffee-pot Could Fetch $6.8 Million

An 18th century silver Rococo coffee pot, the most important piece ever to appear at auction could become world’s most expensive when goes under the hammer on July 4th. According to Christie’s, this exceptional George II silver coffee-pot, made in 1738 by one of the greatest silversmiths of his day, Paul de Lamerie, is expected to fetch up to £4.5 million ($6.8 million).

This fluted three-legged coffee-pot is a tour-de-force of design and execution. It is decorated with silver reliefs, including “putti” – cherub-like figures – holding coffee bush branches, a lion’s mask, shells and foliage. It has a carved wooden handle.

World's most expensive coffee set to go under the hammer for £4.5 Million

The small pot, which stands little over 10in tall and weighs 34oz, was commissioned by London based trader and fellow Huguenot Sir John Lequesne who came to Britain as a child refugee and became a successful businessman.

This exceptional piece of craftsmanship has recently been the centerpiece of the British Silver exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum in New York.

This sale would trump the silver wine cistern of 18th century diplomat Thomas Wentworth, which sold for £2.5 million ($3.8 million) in 2010 but went instead to a British museum which won time to raise funds when the government deferred export approval.

1738 George II Silver Coffee-Pot

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Written by Slamchica

Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.


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