It came from an encounter with a peculiar piece of “Orfèvrerie” or Silverware…Mind you; we think Silver Art is a much better definition for these pieces, then simple ‘Silverware’, as they are so refined!
Pictured on the home page of our website, it is called a ‘Drageoir’ (Candy holder) or ‘Confiturier’ (Jam Holder) both of which are actually not really accurate! This particular piece of Silver seems to have been introduced at the end of the reign of Louis XV and is actually a Ceremonial sugar bowl. We have quite a few gorgeous examples of that item, as our collection is built around it.
Mostly ten to twelve inches high, they immediately command attention on a table and draw the eye with their exquisite details.
Another fascination of ours is the incredible Art form the dinner table attained in the early 1800. We have all seen the oyster fork, in one form or the other and of course the fish fork and knife. But what of the other amazing implements that were created then…?? The Melon fork, the Orange knife, the Lobster fork, The charming ‘Hors d’Oeuvre’ set, the incredible ‘Bonbons’ or Sweets set, the Ice Cream set, the ingenious ‘Manches à Côtelettes’ set (Lamb cutlets holders), or the so delicate Asparagus holders… All of which were created mostly between the later part of the 1700 and the Napoleon III era. We stand amazed at the incredible workmanship and the care taken to make each piece a true work of art!
So let us share this fascination with you and we promise you to always select pieces that will make you smile!
We are working closely with Antique Silver Experts who enable us to vouch for the quality of the articles on offer.
We invite you to go to our ‘Coups De Coeur’ tab as it will hold all the ‘Finds’ that are particularly dear to us.
For more information here are a few of our favorite publications about silver:
“Le Couvert Et La Coutellerie de Table Française du XIX siècle” by David Allan
“Orfèvrerie Française du XIX siècle” by Anne Dion Tenebaum
“L’orfèvrerie Civile En Provence au XVIII siècle” Musée Grobet Labadie