A Beautiful Rocaille Style or Louis XV style Antique French Silver Asparagus Tongs by Maitre Orfèvre Alphonse Debain
Called a ‘Main Pince’ in France, this Silver Asparagus Tongs model was created by Maitre Orfèvre Alphonse DEBAIN and presented for the World Trade Fair of 1889 in Paris
The tongs shown here have a beautiful ‘Repoussé’ Rocaille Style floral scrolls and painted waves.
The gorgeous cutaway work shows in great details the Louis XV style of work that came back in favor towards the end of the 19th Century.
It fits wonderfully in the hand and is in exquisite condition, no losses or marks, with the spring located in the hinged joint still working perfectly.
Though it is meant to serve Asparagus, it may also be used as a bread or pastry server!
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000) – Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for Maitre Orfèvre Alphonse DEBAIN and shows an A and D separated by a standing Woodcock.
Alphonse DEBAIN was the son of Alphonse Edouard DEBAIN and his Mark was registered on March 19th 1883.