An early Augsburg silver gilt coffee pot
Pear-shaped coffee urn resting on three pad feet, the handles formed as female herms. Finely decorated throughout with acanthus decor. The spouts emerging from the mouths of dolphins. The finial of the stepped domed lid formed as a putto riding a dolphin. H 38.5 cm, weight 3,015 g.
Marks of Matthäus II Baur, 1697 - 99.
Purchased from Dr. Helmut Seling, Munich.
Illus. in: Seling 1980, fig. 571. Cf. a large hot chocolate pot in the Overzier Collection, illus. in cat.: Deutsches Silber 1550 - 1850, Munich 1987, no. 134; also a teapot by this maker in the Oetker Collection, illus. in cat: Die Faszination des Sammelns, Munich 2011, no. 36.