Elegant and Extremely Rare Antique French Silver Set of 10 Asparagus Holders by ‘Maitres Orfèvres’ Auguste TOURON and PARISOT GALLOIS
It is getting harder and harder to find these amazing implements in silver, so we are really delighted to finally be able to present you with this one!
These 10 holders are elegantly and very simply with a wave pattern on the handle and a slight dip which enables a better hold of the implement.
They are part of all these implements that were created to facilitate meals and particularly to avoid to the diner participants any occasion to dirty their hands while dining….
These little guys were used to permit guests to eat their asparaguses cleanly, without the use of a fork and knife, yet without using their fingers!
This set is to be likened to the set presented in David Allan’s great book: ‘Le Couvert Et La Coutellerie de la Table Française au XIX’, page 141. Though the set presented in the book is in plated silver – and our lovely fellows are in solid silver!
The pieces are in perfect condition, great to hold and very practical!
A sure way to start a conversation at your table and a beautiful addition to a collection!
The individual Asparagus Holders each measure 4.10 Inches
The Hallmark is ‘Minerve’ 1 -1st title (950/1000)- 1838 -1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is double:
Written out on one side is TOURON – This stands for Auguste Démophile TOURON who registered his mark in 1823 and cancelled it in 1844.
The Second Mark is for PARISOT & GALLOIS – Edme PARISOT picked up Auguste Demophile TOURON’charge in 1844 and partnered up with GALLOIS in 1867.
Touron who was considered as the Knife maker for the Emperor, had his first offices 35 rue Mondetour in Paris.
He then moved to 108 rue Richelieu.
Parisot picked up his offices along with his charge and stayed first Rue de Richelieu before moving in 1871 to 24 Rue de la Paix when it was created as one of the wealthiest shopping areas in Paris.