A curious little silver container in the form of a small teapot with a serpent spout and handle, four heavy cast eagle feet, and the lid finial modelled as a swan. 19th century. Fantastic decorative quality and heavy gauge silver. Likely to be an oil dispenser (oliera), possibly to fill something like a kettle spirit lamp.
Weight 519 grams, 16.6 troy ounces.
Length 18.5cm from spout to handle.
Rome circa 1840.
Maker Luigi Sciolet.
Could also be used on the dining table for serving sauces and gravy.
Marks. Stamped on the handle with the Italian silver cross keys mark 1815-1859, 889/1000 purity. The maker’s mark for Luigi Sciolet is stamped within a diamond shaped lozenge to both the handle and lid.
Maker: Luigi Sciolet
Luigi Sciolet, Italian silver maker working in Rome 1818-1847.
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