097: An important art nouveau silver mounted porcelain coffee set for the Turkish market

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Lot: 97 Starting Price: €1200Estimate: €1200 - €2500Sold for €3212 inc. premium Categories: Auction1005, Islamic, Ottoman & Middle East, Philhellenic, Islamic, Ottoman & Middle East, Selected Results, Thessaloniki



    An important art nouveau silver mounted porcelain coffee set. Custom made for M. Décugis (Maison Décugis additionally stamped “M. Décugis”, “CONSTANTINOPLE” and “T&V”. A total of 12 pieces (6 cups and 6 saucers). Mint condition, In a custom made velvet case, case dimensions: H. 8 cm x W. 40 cm x D. 33,5 cm. Maison de Decugis: The beautiful building of Galata Antique Hotel Istanbul was originally built as the winter residence of the french levantine family Décugis. It was built in 1881, one of the oldest stone buildings in Taksim & Pera area build as a mansion. Monseiur Henri Hypollite Décugis lived here more than 60 years together with his family. He was levatine French businessman – an interesting and well known character in Pera.

    His shop ”Constantinople-Pera” was in Grand Rue de Pera (now the Istiklal Avenue) at the first floor of the Botter Apartment, which also one of the most beautiful examples of the art nouveau style buildings in Istanbul. He was selling valuable antiques, porcelains and crystals. He was supposed to be a master in his business and was well known about his business ethics and honesty.

    His fine porcelains, Christofle silver spoons, knifes and forks, crystal chandeliers were used in the finest places in that time, such as Dolmabahce Palace, Pera Palace Hotel, Markiz Pattiserie. After the death of his wife, he spent his life in the mansion and shut down all the covers of the windows of the mansion as an expression of his mourning. M. Décugis died in 1942 and his grave is in Feriköy Catholic Cemetery in Istanbul.