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Lapparra - 327pc. Napoleon III, 950 Sterling Silver Flatware Set + Cabinet

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Direct from a Private Mansion Near Paris, A Magnificent 327 piece (Service for 18) Sterling Silver Flatware Set by Henri Lapparra; «Silversmith to the French Court". The rich history of French silversmithing boasts many illustrious names, but few have left as indelible a mark as the renowned Lapparra family. For over a thousand years, this lineage of skilled artisans has crafted exquisite silverware that transcends mere utility, evolving into a symbol of luxury, artistry, and French cultural heritage. The story of the Lapparra family's silversmithing prowess begins in the early 10th century. By the 12th century, the Lapparra name had become synonymous with craftsmanship, and their workshops produced intricate chalices, candlesticks, and reliquaries for churches across France. The 19th century witnessed the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte and the consolidation of his empire. The Lapparra silversmiths adapted to the imperial tastes, crafting magnificent pieces that showcased the grandeur of the First French Empire, like this amazing 327-piece flatware set. In addition, elaborate tea and coffee sets, dinnerware, and ornate presentation pieces were created for the imperial court, earning the family the coveted title of "Imperial Silversmiths." The Lapparra family's creations graced the tables of Napoleon's lavish banquets and adorned the Palais des Tuileries. Their innovative techniques, set new standards in silversmithing. Even after Napoleon's fall, the Lapparra legacy endured, as they continued to cater to the elite of Europe, from Russian tsars to British nobility. The Lapparra family's enduring legacy extends far beyond their magnificent silverware. Their contributions to the world of silversmithing have left an indelible mark on French culture and the global art community. Their ability to evolve with the times while preserving their commitment to quality and craftsmanship has made them a symbol of artistic excellence. The Lapparra name is not only associated with opulence and luxury but also with innovation and artistic expression. Their influence can be seen in the work of countless contemporary silversmiths who draw inspiration from their rich history. The Lapparra family's legacy continues into the 21st century, as the family's artisans continue to produce exquisite silverware, blending traditional craftsmanship with modern sensibilities. With a renewed focus on custom creations and limited-edition series, they cater to collectors, museums, and connoisseurs worldwide. This set is in extremely good condition and comes with a stunning 5-drawer, marble top storage cabinet and 28 serving pieces. The majority of the set is stored in the 5-drawer storage cabinet and the overflow pieces are stored in accompanying smaller storage chests. Each of the main flatware pieces bears the hallmark of the French Government's "Head of the Minerva - 1" Hallmark, certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver in addition to the Henri Lapparra manufacturer's sterling silver hallmark. The rare Mother-of-Pearl dessert knives with silver blades bears the French Governments Minerva-2 hallmark and the G.B. manufacturer's hallmark. The set includes the following (all weights and measures approximate): 20 Dinner Knives - Stainless Blades 24.50 cm. 72 grams 34 Dinner Forks 21.00 cm. 81 grams 17 Tablespoons 21.00 cm. 83 grams 18 Dessert Knives - Sterling Silver Blades 20.00 cm. 50 grams 18 Dessert / Luncheon Forks 18.20 cm. 50 grams 18 Dessert / Luncheon Spoons 18.00 cm. 54 grams 18 Luncheon Knives - Stainless Blades 20.00 cm. 45 grams 18 Dessert Serving Knives - Mother of Pearl Handle, Sterling Blades 19.50 cm. 38 grams 18 Fish Knives 21.00 cm. 60 grams 18 Fish Forks 18.80 cm. 64 grams 18 Coffee Spoons 12.20 cm. 18 grams 18 Oyster Forks 12.70 cm. 27 grams 18 Cake Forks 14.50 cm. 33 grams 18 Teaspoons 13.80 cm. 26 grams 18 Ice Cream Spoons 14.20 cm. 30 grams 12 Escargot Forks 14.00 cm. 24 grams 1 Large Asparagus Server 24.50 cm. 183 grams 1 Large Ice Cream Scoop 24.20 cm. 105 grams 1 Large Fish Serving Knife 27.00 cm. 126 grams 1 Large Fish Serving Fork 24.50 cm. 125 grams 1 Salad Serving Spoon 26.20 cm. 130 grams 1 Salad Serving Fork 26.00 cm. 123 grams 2 Dainty "bonbon" Serving Forks 14.70 cm. 28 grams 1 Dainty "bonbon" Serving Spoon 13.70 cm. 35 grams 1 Small "bonbon" Serving Knife 16.20 cm. 30 grams 1 Small "bonbon" Server 14.50 cm. 29 grams 1 Dainty "bonbon" Serving Spoon 13.10 cm. 1 Large Cake / Pie Serving Knife 26.50 cm. 141 grams 2 Large Serving Spoons 26.00 cm. 125 grams 1 Small Dessert Serving Fork 13.10 cm. 26 grams 1 Small Olive Serving Spoon 14.50 cm. 32 grams 1 Pair of Sugar Tongs 13.00 cm. 55 grams 1 Small Berry Serving Spoon 15.20 cm. 50 grams 1 Large Pie Serving Knife 28.50 cm. 142 grams 1 Butter Serving Knife - Sterling Blade 19.70 cm. 59 grams 2 Cheese Serving Knives - Stainless Blades 20.00 cm. 50 grams 1 Gravy Serving Ladle with Grease Skimmer 18.00 cm. 82 grams 1 Large Custard Serving Scoop 22.00 cm. 101 grams 1 Sauce Serving Ladle 18.20 cm. 66 grams 1 Pair of Crab Claw / Lobster Scissors 16.30 cm. 91 grams 1 Small Tart Server 14.00 cm. 33 grams
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