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Renault tea set, 1930
An extremely rare and ceaselessly stylish three piece Art Deco tea service in Sterling silver, commissioned by Renault and gifted to clients and friends, rather than produced for retail.
The teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug are each modelled on period Renault automobiles, and have finely observed window and door detailing and revolving wheels, all in a matt finish. Each element is filled by lifting a hinged roof, and the milk jug and teapot pour via a radiator ‘mascot’ spout. Bearing French poinçon marks and makers marks to the base of each. French, circa 1930.
Length of teapot: 10 inches (26 cm).
An exceedingly rare and desirable design, this is the only set we have seen or owned since the mid-1980s.
Illustrated: The Motor Car in Art by John J. Zolomij, Automobile Quarterly Publications, 1990, page 282.