BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE CHRISTOFLE PARIS''CHINON'' SILVERPLATED FLATWARE SET. This set consists of the following items.
(1) 10 3/4 serving spoon. (12) 10 1/4 dinner knives.
(12) 8 1/4 dinner knives. The "Chinon" sterlingsilver cutlery from Christofle is a fine example of classic Frenchstyle.
For more than 150 years now, people have been dining with thecutlery from the Chinon line, which is famous for itscharacteristic filiform pattern. Stately lines, broad-shouldered handlesand elegant ornamentation make this sterling silver cutlery by Christofleimmediately recognisable. It takes its name and inspiration from thesmall French town in the Loire Valley and is characterized by thinthreads, fiddle-shaped ends and a sweeping design that everso slightly suggests the harmonious lines of a violin and isreminiscent of the famous German "Altfaden" cutlery service.
Theclassic pattern of the "Chinon" cutlery dates back to the year 1862and is an example of the Louis-Philippe style popular at that time. For a long time Christofle's "Chinon"cutlery set was better known under the name "Filet" or"Vieux Paris". But there are some marks only on the blades of the knives and it's clear that they where polished and restored in the past (last 3 photos). Finally the original box of H.
Décugis has a lot of scratches and marks due to wear of time (last photo). THE COMPANY The Christofle company was founded in 1830 by Charles Christofle. In 1830, he took over the family business and in 1832 registered his master's mark at the Paris Guarantee Office to manufacture gold jewelry. Twelve years later, in 1842, he bought from the Frenchman Henri de Ruolz and the Englishman Elkington the patents for gilding and silvering by electrolysis; this technique gave birth to silver plating in France.In 1844, he decided to create and manufacture his own models. Christofle supplied King Louis-Philippe, who in 1846 ordered a dinner service for the Château d'Eu. The company became famous after Emperor Napoleon III ordered a 4,000-piece service, including the surtouts, in 1851. The centerpiece of the goldsmith's surtouts was recovered from the ruins of the Tuileries Palace and is now in the Museum of Decorative Arts. Its titles of "Goldsmith of the King" and "Supplier of the Emperor" will allow the house to become famous and to be solicited by foreign sovereigns such as the Emperor Maximilian of Mexico, the Tsar of Russia, the German Kaiser, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Sultan Abdülaziz of the Ottoman Empire.
Thanks to the development of new techniques (massive electroplating, enamels, patinas, natural impressions) and the opening of new factories (Saint-Denis and Karlsruhe), Christofle became one of the. Major goldsmiths of the century. Its collections cover not only tableware and decoration, but also objets d'art, decorative statuary, prizes for races or agricultural competitions, and monumental decor for gilding, for example the decorations on the roof of the Opéra Garnier. We will be happy to answer any question!