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Christofle (Cardeilhac) - 44pc 950 Sterling Silver Flatware Set, Bagatelle Model

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Direct from Paris, A Magnificent 44pc. 950 Sterling Silver Louis XVI Flatware "Starter Set" by France's Premier Silversmiths Jacques and Pierre Cardeilhac (Christofle), Silversmiths to the Aristocracy of Europe and Includes Individual Covered Storage Chests for Each Storage, Circa early 1900s – NO MONOGRAMS. The legacy of Cardeilhac stands as a pinnacle of French silversmith artistry, with a rich history that has seamlessly transitioned into the present under the renowned name of Christofle. Founded in the early 19th century, Cardeilhac gained a reputation for exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs, contributing significantly to the world of luxury tableware and decorative arts. Cardeilhac was established in 1804 by Antoine-Vital Cardeilhac, in Paris, France. It began as a small workshop but soon distinguished itself through the exceptional quality of its products. The founder's son, Armand-Edouard Cardeilhac, propelled the family business into the industrial age, combining traditional craftsmanship with modern techniques. Under his leadership, Cardeilhac began to gain recognition at a national and international level. The merger of Cardeilhac and Christofle, expanded Christofle's repertoire and enhanced its capabilities, inheriting centuries of craftsmanship expertise from Cardeilhac. Despite the transition, the legacy of Cardeilhac’s distinct craftsmanship continued to flourish under the Christofle brand, with many of its traditional patterns, including the celebrated "Bagatelle," still in production today. Cardeilhac was renowned for its artisanal techniques, which involved meticulous handcrafting and attention to detail. The firm employed highly skilled artisans who mastered the art of chasing, engraving, and sculpting silver to create intricate designs that were both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional. Cardeilhac’s designs often drew inspiration from various art movements, including Art Nouveau and later Art Deco. These influences are evident in the fluid lines and ornamental motifs characteristic of their pieces. The firm's dedication to design excellence ensured that each item was not only a piece of flatware but also a work of art. Cardeilhac's reputation was bolstered by its success in various international exhibitions. At the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, Cardeilhac was awarded for its exquisite designs and superior quality. Subsequent exhibitions, such as the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889 and 1900, further cemented Cardeilhac’s status as a leader in silver craftsmanship, showcasing their innovative designs and technical proficiency. The excellence of Cardeilhac did not go unnoticed by royalty and the upper echelons of society. The firm was commissioned by several royal families across Europe, providing bespoke pieces that often became family heirlooms. This royal patronage not only enhanced Cardeilhac's prestige but also allowed the firm to push the boundaries of design and craftsmanship in silver. One of Cardeilhac's most celebrated achievements is the "Bagatelle" pattern. Introduced in the early 20th century, this pattern exemplifies the luxurious and detailed approach of Cardeilhac to flatware design. Featuring lush, floral patterns and intricate detailing, the "Bagatelle" line represents the zenith of Cardeilhac’s artistic expression in silverware. The "Bagatelle" pattern has become synonymous with opulence and elegance in dining culture. It remains highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts of fine silverware, illustrating the timeless appeal of Cardeilhac’s craftsmanship. The enduring popularity of the "Bagatelle" reflects the universal appeal and timeless quality of Cardeilhac’s creations. Cardeilhac, now known as Christofle, represents a storied chapter in the history of French silversmithing. The firm's unwavering commitment to quality, its receipt of international accolades, the esteemed royal patronage it enjoyed, and the magnificent "Bagatelle" pattern all contribute to its legendary status. As Cardeilhac continues to live on through Christofle, the legacy of its craftsmanship continues to influence and inspire the world of luxury tableware and decorative arts, maintaining a tradition of excellence that is unparalleled in the realm of silver crafting. This is an amazing 44 piece set is in the rare Bagatelle pattern. Each piece, bears the hallmark of Master French Silversmith "Cardeilhac" in addition to the French Government's "Head of the Minerva - 1" Hallmark, certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver. These pieces of exceptional quality and craftsmanship and really are in superb condition. Check the weights and measures below - all weights and measures approximate: 11 Dinner Knives - Stainless Blades 24.70 cm. 92 grams 11 Dinner Forks 21.30 cm. 84 grams 11 Tablespoons 21.50 cm. 101 grams 11 Teaspoons 13.00 cm. 27 grams
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