Elephant coffee pot, France

Elephant coffee pot, France

Elephant coffee pot
Made at the Sèvres porcelain factory; designed and decorated by Marc-Louis Solon (1835-1913)
France, Sèvres
About 1862
Porcelain, with pâte-sur-pâte decoration and gilded
Museum no. 8055-1862

Between 1851 and 1915, nations from across the world competed in vast international exhibitions, where they displayed their country's products.

This coffee pot was made for the London 1862 exhibition. Like many such exhibits, it was designed to showcase its manufacturer's skills. The inventive design by Marc-Louis Solon features the pâte-sur-pâte technique, in which he achieved low relief by applying successive layers of liquid clay.