Dominick & Haff Aesthetic Movement Sterling Black Coffee Pot, c. 1881
We are true fans of Dominick & Haff and this is another reason why. The form of the pot, inspired by Turkish design, is a work of art. It is tall, slender and elegant. The decoration is also stunning.
Large background hammer marks make the piece sparkle and the contrasting deep intaglio chased designs on both sides of the pot (and the front of the spout) is both dramatic and 3-dimensional.
The Japanese inspired scenery on both sides of the pot is that of branches with leafs and berries. On one side the branches are plentiful with berries, on the other side a chubby bird is perched on a branch with berries no longer to be found. The theme is highly whimsical in this respect - indicative of great design.
On one side at the top is a beautifully 'block' engraved 'FKL' monogram and the other side '1884'. Underneath the pot is the Dominick & Haff trademark with '1881' as the date mark for when the piece was executed. It also is stamped 'STERLING', with the model number '176' and by the retailer 'Theodore B. Starr'. It is also inscribed underneath 'From Margaret Bromley, Christmas 1882'. This piece measures 10.5 inches high, weighs 22.65 troy ounces and is in very good condition with light wear to the high points.