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Coffee Grinder

Coffee Grinder

#97155

Paris in the 1850s was the natural habitat of the flâneur, the character of the walkabout dandy made famous by poets such as Charles Baudelaire and Gérard de Nerval, and the flâneur was powered by opium, wine, and coffee. This breathtaking coffee-bean grinder, which dates from 1850, might have been one of the sources of that power. Of polished-walnut and copper construction, its hand-cranked mechanism still works to perfection. This piece is rare and unusual because of its immense size and exquisite workmanship. It wasn’t made for use in a private house or even a restaurant; it was made for a grand hotel, where a poet might find sustenance.

Classification

Antique

AGE

140

MATERIAL

Copper and wood

PERIOD

Late 19th Century

Overall Dimensions

Width: 20 " / 51 cm
Height: 24 " / 61 cm
Depth: 13 " / 33 cm