Q: I have a chocolate pot marked “Aprey” on the bottom. Can you give me more information about the maker?
A: Jacques Lallemont de Villehaut, the Baron d’Aprey, established a glassworks on his estate in Aprey, France, in 1744. His brother, Joseph, joined the business in 1760. They made tin-glazed pottery. Jacques left the business in 1769 and his brother continued to run the pottery. Some of the best pieces were made between 1772 and 1781 and were painted with birds, flowers, landscapes, and scrolls. The factory was sold in 1789. A chocolate pot from a factory this old that made quality ceramics would sell for about $150.