Gorgeous and Delicate Antique French Silver ‘Hors D’oeuvres’ Service Set by ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Alexandre VAGUER.
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 gorgeous set takes after the gothic style of decoration, with the handles manually carved out in floral scrolls, tapering off to a four sided aspect closer to the bowls, blades and tines.
The work on the spoons and blade bodies is an absolutely gorgeous design of geometric and floral cut outs, done with an incredible delicacy!
Starting by looking at the full picture of the implement set(1st picture) on the top side we have a sardine fork (5.98 inches long).
Second from top comes the olive Spoon (5.98 inches long), followed by the sugar sifter or pickled vegetable spoon (5.98 inches long).
The last piece is a pate knife/server(6.22 inches long).
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 – 1838 -1911 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for Alexandre VAGUER. It shows his last name spelled out topped by and A with a Star underneath.
The Mark was registered on May 11th 1878. His practice was located Rue du Temple in the Marais area of Paris.