Tray (part of a service)

Marc Jacquart

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This tea and coffee service (38.12.1–.5) is distinguished both by the enormous scale of its pieces and the high quality of the cast and applied decoration. While its sugar bowl is missing, the service is an unusually grand survivor of silver from the Napoleonic period. The mother-of-pearl handles add to the impression of luxury but also serve a functional purpose, as they do not conduct the heat generated by the hot liquids that the vessels contained.

Tray (part of a service), Marc Jacquart (active by 1797, recorded 1829), Silver, French, Paris

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