Delicate Antique French Silver ‘Hors D’oeuvres’ Service Set by ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Henri Louis CHENAILLER
The Hors D’oeuvre Service Sets were usually sold separately from the ‘Ménagère’ and tailored to order.
One could choose between different implements on offer, ranging from several types of olive and gherkin spoons to pate slice or servers, butter knives and sardine forks.
This charming set is in the Louis XVI Style with soft acanthus leaf designs on the handles as well as tiny shells.
The work on the spoons and pate servers is absolutely beautiful with delicate acanthus leaves delicately cut out.
The Pate server and the Gherkin Fork show delicate floral garlands carved into the blade and tines.
Starting by looking at the full picture of the implements (1st picture) upper end we have a pâté knife/server. (7.3 inches long)
Second from the left comes the Pickled vegetable server, which stands at 6.7 inches long.
It is followed in turn by the Olive Spoon, which measures 6.5 inches.
The last piece is a Sardine Fork, which is 6.7 inches long.
All handles are marked with the same A.M monogram.
All pieces are in great state! No marks or losses to the silver. The work on them is just exquisite!
They come in their original fitted box which is in excellent condition.
The Hallmark is Minerva 1-1st title (950/1000)- 1838 -1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for Henri-Louis CHENAILLER and was registered on January 3rd 1839; and cancelled (or struck off) on June 11th 1869.
It shows his initials along with a rising Sun above and a Star below.
He had his premises at 277 Rue Saint Martin in Paris.
A funny little twist can be seen on the Makers Mark…The Set was retailed in Marseille by REY who restamped the pieces with his own name!