Delicate Antique French Silver And Vermeil Ice Cream Set or Flatware Service by ‘Maitres Orfèvres’ GABERT & CONREAU.
This very special set is in an amazing condition, really a work of art!
It features 12 individual spoons and 1 service spoon.
All pieces showcase the Rocaille style, and are decorated with shells and lovely blooming Irises, the design enhanced by the play on the contrat between silver and 18 carat gold or Vermeil.
The side of each spoon is delicately carved our with a floral scroll.
The spoons bowls attach to the handles by a lovely stylized wave and floral scrolls and feature a ‘GC’Monogram carved inside.
The service spoon shows the same décor, albeit a lot larger.
The details are incredibly refined and delicate, just gorgeous.
The handles are another marvel ending in a beautifully carved seashell and featuring on the upper part a gorgeously rendered Iris flower.
The individual spoons are 5.51 inches long
The Service Spoon is 9.25 inches long.
There is no wear to the vermeil, and absolutely no losses
The set was originally devised for ice cream, but can be used as a dessert set as well. The spoons are great to handle, with perfect balance, a lovely way to add a little ‘something’ to your dessert!
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000)- 1838 to 1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for GABERT & CONREAU.
Henry Gabert first met E Conreau in 1879. On July 1882 Henri Gabert decided to start his own business and registered his private mark.
At the end of 1899 he moved to 24 Rue Beaubourg in what is now the Marais area of Paris.
On January 25th 1901 he rejoined Conreau and had a new mark registered.
The mark shows a C and an R separated by a ‘Gabion’. The ‘gabion’ was a kind of woven basket, which could be made of reeds or more solid materials.
The Mark was cancelled in 1906. Their shop was taken over by Albert DEFLON.