Elegant Antique French Silver and Crystal Finger Bowls set of 12 by Maîtres Orfèvres RAVINET DENFERT
Very popular in the later 1870/1880 these practical implements where used mostly when having shellfish during dinner or finger food.
This particular set is worked simply with a pearl dotted silver circle laid out on the upper part of the solid crystal bowls.
The bowls are wheel cut with a crossed line pattern.
They can of course be used as fruit bowls, or to serve hors d’oeuvres.
The Hallmark is the Boars Head-used for Smaller Silver objects 2nd title.1838 -1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for ‘Maîtres Orfèvres’ RAVINET DENFERT and shows the 2 initials separated by a clover leave and the ‘&’ sign underneath.
Louis RAVINET and Charles DENFERT had their marks registered in 1891 in Paris.
The original company founded in 1845 by E. Tonnelier was acquired in 1882 by Louis Ravinet . In 1891, Charles d’Enfert entered into a partnership with Louis Ravinet and the company took the denomination of Ravinet d’Enfert.
Ravinet d’Enfert was located in Paris for more than a century at the Hotel de Caumartin, 83 rue du Temple in the « Marais ».
The company was specialized in production of silver forks and spoons and silverware in general. The company participated on a regular basis in exhibitions and received high rewards: gold medals at the Lyon Universal Exhibition in 1894 and Brussels in 1897.