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An important Rococo Revival Coffee Pot made in Dublin in 1817 by William Nowlan and retailed by Law.


The Coffee Pot comes from the period of the Rococo revival in design in Ireland. This example has a circular foot and tucked-in base and the main body is beautifully chased with Rococo shells, scrolls, grapes, vines and flower heads. Both the front and reverse display a scroll and shell cartouche, on one side containing a contemporary Crest and on the other a contemporary Armorial. The cast spout terminates in a finely detailed eagles head end and the base is decorated with a beautiful male mask from Antiquity. The hinged cover terminates in a stylised artichoke finial and is also chased with flower head and shell details. The fruitwood handle is attached to the main body with shell mouldings. The Coffee Pot is of an exceptional weight and the decoration is in crisp condition. Pieces from this revival period are usually of the finest quality, however examples are rare. The base displays a full set of hallmarks and the cover is marked with the duty mark. The Arms are those of the Bosanquet family impaling OBrien. After the Edict of Nantes, in 1685, the two eldest sons of Pierre Bosanquet, of Lunel in the Languedoc, sought refuge in England. As with so many Huguenots, they rose to eminence and wealth very quickly, founding three landed branches. The Bosanquets were a noble and ancient family and supposedly became extinct in France, with the death of Chevallier de Bosanquet of Amagre. He died in 1835. The OBrien arms are those of a senior branch who were Marquesses of Thomond.

Height: 10 inches, 25cm.

Base Diameter: 4.25 inches, 10.63cm.

Weight: 31oz