Gorgeous Antique French Gilt Silver and Crystal Bowls Set Maître Orfèvre Emile Puiforcat in collaboration with Baccarat and St Louis.
This set consists of 8 smaller dipped dishes in heavy St Louis Crystal with a Vermeil border, and one large Salad Bowl in heavy Baccarat Crystal lined with Vermeil.
The smaller plates can be used either as bread dishes or as individual plates for fruit salad or appetizers. The crystal is beautifully cut and star lined at the bottom, each dish bearing the St Louis Stamp as well of course as the Minerva Hallmark and Emile Puiforcat’s Mark.
The Salad bowl is beautiful and very heavy, with at the bottom the Baccarat stamp. The Bowl is lined with a lovely an simply heavy Vermeil border which is stamped with the Minerva Hallmark and Emile Puiforcat’s Mark.
They can be used as a set or separately.
It is a gorgeous set, beautiful as such or individually and extremely versatile.
The pieces are intact.
The smaller plates have a 5.70 inches diameter.
The larger salad bowl is 4.72 inches in height and 10.43 in diameter
The Gilt Silver Hallmark is Minerva 1 -1st title (950/1000)- 1838 to 1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for Emile PUIFORCAT, and was registered in 1857, it features an E and a P separated by a standing feather.
The mark is still so famous it does deserve a bit more explanations:
Emile PUIFORCAT inherited the business from his uncle Jean Baptiste FUCHS who specialized in flatware in the early 1800s. Emile Puiforcat moved from the offices of his uncle right next door at number 18, then 16 of Rue Chapon. While he died in 1883, his mark was kept by his successor as well as his grandson Jean, who passed away in 1945.
Until the 1880 the House of Puiforcat remained in the flatware business, but expended into the larger pieces to include presentations plates and platters.
Though very praised for its craftsmanship PUIFORCAT never participated in the Fairs that did so much for the Silver business in the 1800. The house continued on through the years and was finally bought by Hermes in 1993.