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Sterling Tableware: A Masterpiece of History, Craftsmanship, and Prestige...

French sterling silver tableware stands as an epitome of exquisite craftsmanship, unparalleled quality, and timeless elegance. Throughout history, France has been renowned for its sterling silver production, which not only served practical purposes but also reflected social status and cultural refinement.  The tradition of crafting sterling silver tableware in France dates back centuries, with artisans mastering the art of silversmithing as early as the Middle Ages. However, it was during the Renaissance period that French silverwork flourished, with prominent workshops emerging in cities like Paris, Lyon, and Tours. The reigns of Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI witnessed a golden age of French silver craftsmanship, with luxurious tableware becoming synonymous with aristocratic opulence and sophistication.

French sterling silver tableware is renowned for its exceptional quality and meticulous craftsmanship. Artisans employ traditional techniques passed down through generations, including forging, chasing, engraving, and casting, to create intricate designs and exquisite patterns. Each piece undergoes rigorous quality control measures to ensure durability, purity, and aesthetic perfection, making French sterling silver tableware highly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs worldwide.  French silversmiths have garnered numerous accolades and awards for their mastery of the craft. Prestigious exhibitions such as the Exposition Universelle in Paris showcased the finest examples of French sterling silver tableware, earning widespread acclaim and admiration. Additionally, French artisans have been recognized with prestigious honors such as the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman of France) award, further cementing their reputation for excellence and innovation in silverwork.

The French monarchy played a pivotal role in the patronage of sterling silver tableware, commissioning elaborate pieces to adorn royal banquets and ceremonial occasions. Leading silversmiths such as Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot and Martin-Guillaume Biennais received royal warrants, symbolizing their status as purveyors of luxury to the crown. The opulent splendor of Versailles and the lavish banquets hosted by French monarchs served as showcases for the finest examples of French sterling silver craftsmanship, enhancing its prestige and allure. French sterling silver tableware also enjoys widespread international acceptance and admiration, coveted by collectors, museums, and discerning consumers around the globe. From the courts of Europe to the mansions of American industrialists, French silverware graced the tables of the elite, symbolizing refined taste, sophistication, and prestige. Today, French sterling silver remains a symbol of luxury and heritage, sought after by connoisseurs who appreciate its timeless beauty and craftsmanship.

The legacy of French sterling silver tableware endures to this day, influencing contemporary silver design and craftsmanship. Artisans continue to draw inspiration from historical patterns and motifs, blending tradition with innovation to create modern masterpieces. Museums and cultural institutions worldwide preserve and showcase antique French silverware, ensuring that its legacy of excellence and refinement is passed down to future generations. We are happy to offer you a vast collection of exquisite French sterling silver tableware by some of France’s best silversmiths. Each has been professionally restored to near new condition and bears the French Government’s Head of the Minerva-1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver in addition to the manufacturer’s sterling silver hallmark. Buy with confidence.

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Boin Taburet - Complete Table Service in 950 Sterling Silver, 322pc Flatware Set and 15pc Serving Platter SetBoin Taburet - Complete Table Service in 950 Sterling Silver, 322pc Flatware Set and 15pc Serving Platter Set
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Boin Taburet - Complete Table...
$151,362.00 CAD
Puiforcat (Hermes) - 8pc. French Louis XVI 950 Sterling Silver Tea/Coffee Set + WrapsPuiforcat (Hermes) - 8pc. French Louis XVI 950 Sterling Silver Tea/Coffee Set + Wraps
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Puiforcat (Hermes) - 8pc. French...
$68,377.00 CAD Sold out
Alphonse Debain - 10pc Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter Set + Storage WrapsAlphonse Debain - 10pc Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter Set + Storage Wraps
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Alphonse Debain - 10pc Antique...
$65,671.00 CAD Sold out
Odiot - 10pc Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter Set, Louis XVI + Storage Wraps.Odiot - 10pc Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter Set, Louis XVI + Storage Wraps.
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Odiot - 10pc Antique French...
$63,944.00 CAD
Christofle (Cardeilhac), Tetard - 7pc Antique 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter SetChristofle (Cardeilhac), Tetard - 7pc Antique 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter Set
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Christofle (Cardeilhac), Tetard - 7pc...
$53,816.00 CAD Sold out
Cardeilhac (Christofle), Tetard - 8pc. Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Louis XVI Serving Platter Set - Like New !Cardeilhac (Christofle), Tetard - 8pc. Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Louis XVI Serving Platter Set - Like New !
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Cardeilhac (Christofle), Tetard - 8pc....
$48,995.00 CAD Sold out
Christofle Odiot - 12pc. Antique 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter SetChristofle Odiot - 12pc. Antique 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter Set
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Christofle Odiot - 12pc. Antique...
$47,651.00 CAD Sold out
Tetard - 7pc. Original French Art Deco 950 Sterling Silver Table Serving Set + Storage WrapsTetard - 7pc. Original French Art Deco 950 Sterling Silver Table Serving Set + Storage Wraps
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Tetard - 7pc. Original French...
$47,482.00 CAD Sold out
Christofle (Cardeilhac), Puiforcat (Hermes), Tetard - 7pc. Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Louis XVI Serving Platter Set - Like New !Christofle (Cardeilhac), Puiforcat (Hermes), Tetard - 7pc. Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Louis XVI Serving Platter Set - Like New !
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Tetard - Two French Antique Louis XVI 5-Candle 950 Sterling Silver Candelabra + Storage Wraps, Museum Quality.Tetard - Two French Antique Louis XVI 5-Candle 950 Sterling Silver Candelabra + Storage Wraps, Museum Quality.
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Tetard - Two French Antique...
$44,203.00 CAD
Christofle, Puiforcat & Others - 7pc. 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter Set, 1850-1899, Excellent ConditionChristofle, Puiforcat & Others - 7pc. 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter Set, 1850-1899, Excellent Condition
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Christofle, Puiforcat & Others -...
$42,601.00 CAD Sold out
Christofle - 9pc. Antique 950 Sterling Silver Table Serving SetChristofle - 9pc. Antique 950 Sterling Silver Table Serving Set
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Christofle - 9pc. Antique 950...
$31,762.00 CAD Sold out
Odiot - 17pc Napoleon III Gold Plated Sterling Silver (Vermeil) Decanter Serving Set. MAGNIFICENT !Odiot - 17pc Napoleon III Gold Plated Sterling Silver (Vermeil) Decanter Serving Set. MAGNIFICENT !
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Odiot - 17pc Napoleon III...
$31,247.00 CAD
Puiforcat (Hermes) - 4pc. Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Covered Soup / Stew Tureen with Presentation Platter - LIKE NEW!Puiforcat (Hermes) - 4pc. Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Covered Soup / Stew Tureen with Presentation Platter - LIKE NEW!
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Puiforcat (Hermes) - 4pc. Antique...
$28,515.00 CAD
Boin Taburet - 4 Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Serving PlattersBoin Taburet - 4 Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platters
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Boin Taburet - 4 Antique...
$27,193.00 CAD Sold out
ODIOT - 19th Centuiry 950 Sterling Silver Mirrored Louis XVI Table Center Piece, Musuem QualityODIOT - 19th Centuiry 950 Sterling Silver Mirrored Louis XVI Table Center Piece, Musuem Quality
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ODIOT - 19th Centuiry 950...
$27,165.00 CAD