A rare and important French Art Nouveau silvered metal coffee and tea service by Paul Follot. The set includes a tray, tea and a coffee pots, and containers for sugar and cream. The set is decorated with whiplash curves, fabric-like folds and a spray of monnaie du pape ("the Pope''s money") leaves. This set was manufactured by Metallwarren Fabrik, F.w. Quist, Esslingen, Germany. All five pieces are signed "Follot". The service was exhibited at the Salon Décorateurs in 1904. The model is in the Musee d''Orsay, the V & A, and the Brohan Museum. Circa 1902. In the year 2000, an identical set was exhibited: Art Nouveau 1890-1914 at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Gallery of Art.Provenance:Purchased in Wiesbaden, Germany from a prominent lady who is now in her late sixties. This tea service, with its original box, was her mother''s wedding gift.Similar set pictured in:"Art Nouveau: The French Aesthetic," by Victor Arwas, p. 393Art Nouveau Belgium France, by Yvonne Brunhammer, p. 206, pl. 306 "Art Nouveau: 1890-1914," by Paul Greenhalgh, p. 234, pl. 14.13. "The French Decorative Arts, the Societé des Artistes Décorateurs 1900-1942," by Cf. Y. Brunhammer + S. Tise, Paris 1990, p. 16-17."Art Nouveau," by Judith Miller, page 180.Dimensions: 16¾" wide x 24¼" long (tray)
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