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Pair of 19th Century French Silvered Bronze Compotes Signed Christofle

$4,900per set

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Decorate a dining table or a buffet with this elegant pair of antique compotes. Crafted in France circa 1860 by renowned silversmith Christofle Company, each piece stands on three hoof feet over a grape and vine decorated base. The removable round plateau with scalloped edge sits on a pierced three branch with center bird nest top, decorated with foliage and acorns. One centerpiece features a bird defending her egg nest against a cat, the other compote has a bird guarding her nest against a snake. Both serving bowls are in excellent condition with a rich silver finish over bronze. Signed Christofle on the bottom. Christofle is a goldsmith and tableware company, founded in Paris in 1830 by Charles Christofle. The company is known for having introduced electrolytic gilding and silver plating in France in 1842. Today, mention of the name Christofle evokes both the elegance of a bygone era and the concept of innovative design. 9.75" Diameter 9.5"H

Details

  • Creator
    Christofle (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.5 in. (24.13 cm)Diameter: 9.75 in. (24.77 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1860
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 202-1181stDibs: LU951222876312

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About the Manufacturer

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.Shop authentic Christofle serveware, ceramics, decorative objects and more on 1stDibs.
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