Antique French Silver Asparagus Server or Tongs by ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Alphonse DEBAIN in the very modern twist to the Louis XVI Style.
A very pure and very simple, yet superbly elegant, twist to the ‘Main Pince’ or Asparagus Tongs created by Alphonse Debain, from whom we features several items on our website, this version is extremely modern in its rendering! An elegant ribboned reed line frames the solid silver cutout, with delicated acanthus leaves framing the sides and a silver rosette covering the spring.
It fits perfectly in the hand and is in exquisite condition with the spring located in the hinged joint still working perfectly. No dents no marks, just gorgeous! 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) -1919-1932 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for Alphonse DEBAIN and shows his initials separated by a woodcock.
Alphonse DEBAIN was the son of Alphonse Edouard DEBAIN. His Mark was registered on March 19th 1883 – It was cancelled (biffé) on March 8th 1911