A truly lovely Antique French Silver Asparagus Tongs by Maitre Orfèvre Alphonse DEBAIN
A charming example of this excellent ‘Maître Orfèvre’s’ work!
Called a ‘Main Pince’ in France This Silver Asparagus Tongs was created by Maitre Orfèvre Alphonse DEBAIN in Paris.
He became quite known and specialized in this Asparagus ‘Tongs’ model (the Main Pince) which was actually discussed in the official publications of the Exposition Universelle De Paris in 1889 and registered under a patent!
His work with Art Nouveau pieces is quite exquisite and you will see quite a few of his little marvels in our collection.
The tongs shown here have a beautiful ‘Repoussé’ detailing that showcase a full grown Celery Plant (Called ‘Ache’ in older times in France) in its center.
The gorgeous cutaway work shows in great details the veined branches and the central stalk, as well as the leaves that are highlighted by an ‘Amati’ carving.
It is one of the few existing of that model and work on it is just breathtaking in its purity!
It fits wonderfully in the hand and is in exquisite condition, no losses or marks, with the spring located in the hinged joint still working perfectly.
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) – Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for Alphonse DEBAIN and shows an A and D separated by a standing Woodcock.
Alphonse DEBAIN was the son of Alphonse Edouard DEBAIN and his Mark was registered on March 19th 1883.