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Christofle

Although he started his career as a jeweler in 1830 — after apprenticing with his copper jeweler brother-in-law years earlier — Charles Christofle (1805–63) recognized that Second Empire France had an untapped audience for luxury silverware and tableware.

Gold and silver gilt had been the high-end standard in the 18th century, yet society after the Industrial Revolution demanded a more affordable, but still refined, approach. So in the 1840s, Christofle cornered the market on electrolytic gilding and silver plating, dominating the hold on patents in the country for over a decade. His work soon attracted the attention of Louis-Philippe I and then Napoleon III, under whom he was named Fournisseur de l’Empereur, cementing the prestige of his brand.

While Christofle created decadent centerpieces and tableware for the French palaces — as well as prominent clients like the Orient Express — the company’s electroplating of silverware that was far less expensive than that made by silversmiths attained widespread popularity. At a time when many who could not afford gold or silver still used wooden utensils, Christofle was a game changer for at-home dining. An appearance at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago furthered the company’s reach to American consumers who would soon rival the manufacturer’s European clientele.

The 20th century saw Christofle adapting to changing tastes in its offerings, such as the Aria collection, which debuted in 1985 with column-like lines on its flatware designed by Bernard Yot, and the playful egg-shaped silverware container introduced in 2015 that opens to reveal a full flatware set. The company also now sells barware, home accessories and even jewelry, harkening back to its roots. Now almost two centuries old, Christofle maintains its reputation as a leading flatware and silverware company under the ownership of the Chalhoub group, its utensils gracing tables in homes, hotels and restaurants all over the world.

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Average Sold Price
$2,321
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Triade by Christofle France Silverplated Flatware Set for 8 Service 41 Pieces
By Christofle
Located in Big Bend, WI
Modern clean lines in a Classic column motif makes this pattern, Triade, forever timeless. Desirable Dinner Size Triade by Christofle France Silverplated Flatware set - 41 pieces. T...
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20th Century Christofle

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Silver Plate

Antique 19thc French Monumental Solid Silver Figural Centrepiece c.1880
By Christofle
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Antique 19th Century French monumental solid silver statue, standing on on a marble base, the statue realistically modelled as a cast figure of Mary with hands open, standing on a se...
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19th Century French Antique Christofle

Materials

Marble, Silver

Pair of Christofle Art Deco Style Knife Rests in Silver Plate
By Edouard-Marcel Sandoz, Christofle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A boxed pair of silver plated Art Deco knife rests from Christofle of Paris. Originally commissioned between 1920 and 1930 by the French shipping line Compagnie Générale Transatlanti...
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Late 20th Century French Art Deco Christofle

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Silver Plate

Christofle Modernist Crystal Decanter Barware
By Christofle
Located in North Miami, FL
This chic modernist, heavy clear crystal glass decanter with its circular raised design is perfect for any bar. The wonderful stopper is perfect and moderne. It is made in Slovenia f...
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1970s French Modern Vintage Christofle

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Blown Glass

Christofle Silver Eagle Gravy Boat
By Christofle
Located in New York, NY
Christofle silver eagle gravy boat. Handsome eagle headed hotel silver gravy/sauce boat with attached underplate with hallmarks for Christofle, France, 20th century. Dimensions: 9.25...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Christofle

Materials

Silver Plate

  • Christofle Silver Eagle Gravy Boat
  • Christofle Silver Eagle Gravy Boat
  • Christofle Silver Eagle Gravy Boat
  • Christofle Silver Eagle Gravy Boat
H 6.5 in. W 9.25 in. D 6 in.
Germain by Christofle France Sterling Silver Flatware Set Service 174 Pcs Unused
By Christofle
Located in Big Bend, WI
Since 1830, the year the company was founded, Christofle has provided unparalleled, ancestral know-how, updating its techniques and styles throughout the decades. Whether designer an...
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20th Century Christofle

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Silver Plate

Christofle Silver-Plate Wine Corkscrew Set with Stand Vintage Barware
By Christofle
Located in North Miami, FL
This vintage Christofle barware set that comes in its original box is from the 70's or early 80's. It is 3 parts. The corkscrew comes out of the stand and the ring goes on top of the...
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1980s French Modern Vintage Christofle

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Silver Plate

Ric & Rac Art Deco Dogs Salt and Pepper Cellars, Gallia for Christofle
By Pol Rab, Christofle, Baccarat, Gallia
Located in Paris, FR
Ric and Rac dogs-shaped salt and pepper cellars imagined by Pol Rab. Cellars are removable, in Baccarat crystal. Each piece is numbered (n° of the model 5987 and 5988) and stamped w...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Christofle

Materials

Crystal, Silver Plate

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Christofle furniture for sale on 1stDibs

The Christofle furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Christofle furniture there are many options to choose from, although silver editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 191 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Christofle was created in Europe during the 20th century in the Art Deco style. Many customers also consider furniture by Lalique, Cartier and Ravinet d'Enfert if you are looking for additional options. The prices for Christofle furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $172 and tops out at $67,068, while pieces like these can sell for $1,988 on average.

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