Lovely pair of Antique French Silver & Vermeil Scissors by ‘Maîtres Orfèvres’ ODIOT.
A very fashionable item during the reign of Napoleon III, the grape scissors were ‘The’ item to have when presenting guests with fruits during the meals.
This pair is beautifully worked with great details on the handles and on the central part. It features a lovely Rose bouquet at the start of the handles extending from a delicate ribbon to a line of dotted pearls of gilded silver.
The middle section showcases a beautiful rosette work with acanthus leaves.
The edge of the handles also show an acanthus leaf design as well as a line of silver pearls.
The whole piece is in silver and vermeil, or 18 carat gilded silver, making it quite rare as very often the blades were in metal. Another highlight is also the very elegant and refined work, not too heavy, not too light…just perfectly balanced!
The Hallmark is ‘Minerve’ 1 -1st title – 1838 -1919– Paris
The Makers Mark shows the mark used by The House of ODIOT from 1825 to 1894 under the helm of Charles Nicolas ODIOT and his son Gustave ODIOT, the same Gustave that was to make one of the grandest services ever produced by the House of Odiot, an incredible 3000 gold pieces for Saïd Pacha. They were both successors to Jean Baptiste Claude ODIOT
The mark features an oil lamp topped by the letter O.