This item is a beautiful and unique Chocolatiere, or Hot Chocolate Pot, with detachable handle and original wooden moussoir. The extraordinary pot was made by the renown French firm, "Delvaux, 18 Rue de Royale, Paris". The pot stands 7 1/4" (18.5 cm) tall with the lid on, 4 1/2" (11.5 cm) at the widest part of the pot, 3 1/8" (8 cm) wide at the base, and 3 1/2" (11 cm) wide at the base.
With the removable (easy for cleaning and storage) wooden handle installed, the pot is 9 (23 cm) wide. Please note: the handle unscrews in the clock-wise direction! The included wooden stirrer (moussoir) that comes as an original part measures 11 1/2 (29.5 cm) in length. The overall condition of the pot is very good except for one flaw that needs pointing out.
There is a small V chip that generated a hairline crack inside the lid to the center opening. The hairline crack appears to have been repaired from the inside with a clear glue - perhaps Super Glue? This flaw can only be seen when the lid is off and laying upside down. On the surface of the painted enamel side of the lid, this flaw is not easy to see; it appears as a small scratch-like crack.There is also one flea sized chip in the enamel that has been highlighted with an orange arrow. There are a few light scuff marks and slight tarnish to the thick gold trim. I see the tarnish as a 100 year old patina that actually enhances the beauty of this rare and colorful pot. There are no other chips, cracks or hairlines not already mentioned.
None of the photos have been digitally enhanced. These are small blemishes for such a lovely, 100 year old gem!
Please see photos for details. As delicate as this chocolate pot is, I believe it has been carefully tucked in a dark china cabinet for decades. Or safely displayed behind glass, doing nothing more than looking gorgeous! It doesn't appear to have been in table service often during last 100 years, maybe a few time at max.
Delvaux was a prestigious Parisian store with the very posh address of "18 Rue de Royale, Paris". This is not to be confused with the luxury leather goods store named, "Delvaux".
Just check for the prestigious address to make sure you have the right firm! It all started in 1880, when two ceramic artists named Felix Milet and Clement Massier partnered up to start the company.
Delvaux would eventually embrace the sale of luxury goods, including liqueur decanters, glasses, vases, porcelain tableware, and utilitarian items such as ceramic tiles. Not uncommon at the time, the storefront had a workshop tucked in the back. In the workshop was a staff of ceramic and glass decorators, especially enamelists.
This busy little workshop used high quality ceramic blanks bought from prestigious firms including Haviland, and other notable Limoge porcelain factories. Millet's death in 1911, his son Paul began running the family firm, and stayed at the helm from 1890 to 1931.
Millet's grandson Henri would eventually run the ceramics shop from 1931 until they closed their shutters in 1971. The storefront followed the workshop's lead and closed forever in the 1970's. Now more about this eye-popping one-off chocolate pot!
This Japanese cloisonne look-a-like enamel hand-painted pot has the base color of cobalt blue. This is over-layed with a floral pattern of pink peonies, pink and yellow wild roses, and daisy-like blooms with pomegranates; a delightful mix of colors in the rainbow! They are all interconnected with purple branches packed with leaves painted in various hues of green.
To top off this riot of sophisticated jewel tone enamel colors, there is a gleaming thick gold rim. Look at it for a moment too long, and you'll be transported back to a French summer garden in full bloom! This unique, colorful and well cared for pot would brighten any collection of fine china and ceramics! A beautiful pot like this would also be a great starter piece for the collector of tomorrow! We also have other'Delvaux, 18 Rue de Royale, Paris', dishes in our e-bay store,'eastonattics'.The choclate pot is described as objectively as possible. If an item has a scratch or ding, I will tell you. All pictures are of item to be sent.
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The item "Delvaux, Paris, Handpainted Enamel Porcelain Hot Chocolate Pot, 1910's'20's" is in sale since Thursday, March 29, 2018. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\Art Pottery\European Pottery\French". The seller is "eastonattics" and is located in Easton, Maryland. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Bahamas, Viet nam.