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Paul Follot Silver Coffee and Tea Service Set

$37,500

This rare and important piece of French Art Nouveau is a silvered metal coffee and tea service set by Paul Follot. The set includes a tray, tea and coffee pots, and containers for sugar and cream. The five-piece set is decorated with whiplash curves, fabric-like folds and a spray of "monnaie du pape," or "the Pope's money" leaves. Sold exclusively as matching set.

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Artist: Paul Follot
Manufacturer: Metallwarren Fabrik, F.w. Quist, Esslingen, Germany
Circa: 1900s
Dimensions: 16.75" width, 24.25" length (tray); 8" width, 12" height, 4.75" width (tea pot); for remaining pieces, please contact us for additional dimensions
Materials: Silver, Together with original box
Signed: All five pieces are signed "Follot"
Literature: Similar silver set pictured in Art Nouveau: The French Aesthetic, by Victor Arwas, p. 393; Similar silver set pictured in Art Nouveau Belgium France, by Yvonne Brunhammer, p. 206, pl. 306; Similar silver set pictured in Art Nouveau: 1890-1914, by Paul Greenhalgh, p. 234, pl. 14.13.; Similar silver set pictured in The French Decorative Arts, the Societé des Artistes Décorateurs 1900-1942, by Cf. Y. Brunhammer + S. Tise, Paris 1990, pp. 16-17.; Similar silver set pictured in Art Nouveau, by Judith Miller, p. 180
Exhibition History: Service set was originally exhibited at the Salon Décorateurs in 1904; Silver tea service set model is in the Musée d'Orsay, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Brohan Museum (Berlin); In 2000, an identical set was exhibited in "Art Nouveau 1890-1914" at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and again at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. 

While initially employing motifs from nature, such as the spray of blossoms at the base of the tray in this set, and the curved lines above them, Paul Follot was, at first, a student of the Art Nouveau movement. Later, however, Follot's style evolved and he became a founder of the Art Deco movement.
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