A lovely 13 pieces Antique French Vermeil (or 18 carat gilded silver) Tea or Coffee service set by Maître Orfèvre Pierre François QUEILLE.
This particular set is worked in the Louis XIV design showing a slight square end of the handles.
All pieces are marked with a G and C Monogram.
You have your 12 spoons decorated at the edge of the spoon itself by a lovely design of acanthus leaves spread out in a Palmetto formation.
The Spoons are 5.7 inches long.
The set also showcases a beautifully carved sugar tongs with the ends sculpted into intricate Lions paws, and the body worked in the same beautiful Acanthus leaves motif.The Sugar tongs are 5.6 inches long.
The Vermeil is in Great condition and all pieces are absolutely flawless, no losses or damages.
The set is presented in its original presentation box which is in very good condition.
This set would work beautifully with the Vermeil Egoïste Coffee or Tea Set by Leon LAPAR showcased in our Silver Holloware and ‘Coups De Coeur’ sections.
The Hallmark is Minerva 1-1st title (950/1000) 1838 -1919 – Paris
Making it all the rarer as Vermeil was usually applied on 2nd Title silver
The Makers Mark is for Pierre François QUEILLE. His mark was registered on October 23rd 1834. The Makers Mark showed a P and a Q separated by an Antique Oar.
He started a dynasty of Master Silversmith in 1834 and stayed in business from 1834, to the 27th of November 1846 (Date his mark was cancelled) ,
Pierre François QUEILLE had his worshop at ’70 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre in Paris’.
He left over his practice to his son Eugene QUEILLE who moved shop to ‘8 Rue Saint Roch Poissonière’. He started work on February 11th 1847.
He then in turn left over his practice to his son: Pierre François QUEILLE who was named after his grandfather.
They moved their practice in 1874 to ’11 Rue des Petits Carreaux in Paris’.
Their production was sold by other Master Silvermiths as well, and they collaborated with several bigger names as the House of ODIOT and the House of FROMENT MEURICE!
Their House stopped production in 1930.