A lovely suite of 12 Antique French Silver Oyster Forks, by ‘Maîtres Orfèvres’ RAVINET and DENFERT.
The forks are done in the Louis XV style with beautiful carving of floral shapes as well as seashell on the handle and the fork itself. The work is particularly refined and the set very elegant. It is quite rare to find a set of twelve still complete today…
They are perfect to hold and handle; a really great shape. Each fork has both the Minerva 1 silver title as well as the Makers Mark. All are in perfect condition and are presented in their original box which is in fine condition as well with a lovely little door knob like opening.
The length given is per fork.
The Hallmark is Minerva 1-1st title – 1838 -1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for ‘Maîtres Orfèvres’ RAVINET DENFERT and shows the 2 initials separated by a clover leave and the ‘&’ sign underneath.
Louis RAVINET and Charles DENFERT had their marks ‘In-sculpted’ in 1891 in Paris. The original company founded in 1845 by E. Tonnelier was acquired in 1882 by Louis Ravinet . In 1891, Charles D’Enfert entered into a partnership with Louis Ravinet and the company took the denomination of Ravinet d’Enfert. Ravinet d’Enfert was located in Paris for more than a century at the Hotel de Caumartin, 83 rue du Temple in the « Marais ». The company was specialized in production of silver forks and spoons and silverware in general. The company participated on a regular basis in exhibitions and received high rewards: Gold medals at the Lyon Universal Exhibition in 1894 and Brussels in 1897.