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296pc. Antique French 950 Sterling Silver and Vermeil Flatware Set, Service for 24.

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Direct from a private mansion in Paris, a magnificent a 296 piece, 19th century, sterling silver and gold plated sterling silver flatware set, in the much sought after "Rocaille" pattern, in excellent condition; and includes several individual storage chests - circa 1850s.  950 sterling silver flatware sets stand as epitomes of refinement and sophistication, cherished for centuries for their impeccable quality, meticulous craftsmanship, and regal allure.  From their association with royalty, to their mastery of “Rocaille” aesthetics, these sets captivate not only as functional objects, but also as emblematic symbols of luxury and prestige.

At the heart of 950 sterling silver flatware sets lies an unwavering commitment to excellence in quality and craftsmanship. Composed of 95% pure silver, alloyed with 5% copper, these sets boast a superior standard of purity and durability. Each piece undergoes a meticulous crafting process, meticulously shaped and embellished by skilled artisans. The hallmark of quality extends beyond mere aesthetics to encompass functionality, ensuring that every piece embodies both elegance and utility. From the precision of the engraving, to the smoothness of the curves, every detail reflects a dedication to perfection that transcends generations.

The allure of 950 sterling silver flatware sets is further heightened by their longstanding association with royalty. Throughout history, monarchs and nobility have commissioned bespoke sets to adorn their palaces and dining tables, symbolizing their wealth, power, and refined taste. These sets often bear intricate heraldic motifs, personalized insignias, or elaborate decorations inspired by royal emblems. Such patronage not only elevated the status of the 950 sterling silver flatware sets, but also served as a testament to their enduring prestige and significance in aristocratic circles.

A unique feature of some 950 sterling silver flatware sets is the unique, innovative, use of gold plating on the 950 sterling silver. Gold plating, also known as “vermeil”, involves the electroplating of a thin layer of gold onto a 950 sterling silver base. This technique not only enhanced the aesthetic appeal of the silverware, but also imbued it with a luxurious sheen and durability. The meticulous attention to detail exhibited by period artisans, ensured that each piece exuded elegance and refinement. The combination of 950 sterling silver's lustrous finish with the warmth of gold plating, elevated these pieces to objects of desire, coveted by discerning collectors and connoisseurs worldwide.

The exceptional quality and craftsmanship of 950 sterling silver flatware sets, have garnered numerous awards and accolades, further cementing their reputation as paragons of luxury and excellence. From prestigious exhibitions, to esteemed guild competitions, these sets have consistently emerged victorious, earning accolades for their innovation, artistry, and technical mastery. Whether celebrated for their intricate designs, flawless execution, or historical significance, these awards serve as testament to the enduring legacy of these remarkable creations.

Central to the aesthetic allure of 950 sterling silver flatware sets, is the influence of the “Rocaille” style, characterized by its ornate embellishments, sinuous curves, and whimsical motifs. Originating in the 18th century, the “Rocaille”, or "rococo," design flourished as a reaction against the rigid formalism of the Baroque era, embracing a more playful and fanciful aesthetic. 950 sterling Silver flatware sets from the “Rocaille” period, often feature intricate scrollwork, floral motifs, and asymmetrical compositions, reflecting the luxury and elegance of the “Rocaille” design, as evidenced in this amazing 296-piece set. This style not only elevated the decorative appeal of these sets, but also imbued them with a sense of romanticism and opulence that continues to captivate admirers to this day.

The “Rocaille” movement emerged in Europe during the early to mid-18th century, coinciding with the waning dominance of Baroque aesthetics, and the rise of a more lighthearted and playful sensibility. Influenced by the natural world, chinoiserie, and the rediscovery of classical antiquity, the “Rocaille” design embraced asymmetry, intricate ornamentation, and motifs inspired by shells, foliage, and fantastical creatures. This departure from the formalism of previous styles, laid the groundwork for a revolution in decorative arts, including the creation of 950 sterling silver flatware sets, that echoed the movement's ethos of luxury and elegance.

At the heart of the “Rocaille” design, lies a celebration of ornamentation and fluidity, manifesting in the intricate details, and organic forms that characterize sterling silver flatware sets of the period. Ornate scrollwork, delicate foliate motifs, and asymmetrical compositions define the “Rocaille” aesthetic, infusing flatware with a sense of dynamism and vitality. Silversmiths and artisans embraced the movement's penchant for opulence, employing techniques such as chasing, repoussé, and engraving, to embellish each piece with intricate patterns and textures. The result was not merely utilitarian objects, but miniature works of art that delighted the senses and elevated the dining experience to new heights of sophistication.

In retrospect, the “Rocaille” movement represented a pivotal moment in the history of art and design, influencing everything from architecture to fashion to the decorative arts. Within the realm of 950 sterling silver flatware sets, the “Rocaille” aesthetic transformed functional objects into exquisite works of art, imbuing them with a sense of opulence, elegance, and romance. Through ornate ornamentation and playful motifs, silversmiths of the period captured the spirit of the “Rocaille” movement, creating flatware sets that continue to enchant and inspire admirers to this day.

This is an amazing 296 piece set in the sophisticated “Rocai” pattern. It is in excellent condition overall, and includes 15 serving pieces, and several individual, anti-tarnish storage chests. Each of the pieces is stamped "950" to indicate 950 sterling silver, in addition to bearing the French Government's "Charencon" hallmark. The juxtaposition of 950 sterling silver and gold plating in this set, creates a stunning visual contrast, elevating the dining table to a scene of opulence and refinement. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, gold plated 950 sterling silver flatware pieces were prized for their functionality and durability. The superior quality of materials and craftsmanship, ensured that each piece was not only a work of art but also a practical tool for indulging in culinary delights. Whether used in grand banquets or intimate gatherings, these pieces added a touch of luxury and elegance to the dining experience. The set contains the following (all weights and measures approximate):

24 Dinner Knives 26.00 cm. 80 grams

24 Extra Dinner Knives 26.00 cm. 80 grams

24 Dinner Forks 21.50 cm. 98 grams

23 Extra Dinner Forks 21.50 cm. 98 grams

24 Table Spoons 21.70 cm. 93 grams

24 Luncheon Knives 21.30 cm. 43 grams

20 Luncheon / Dessert Forks 18.00 cm. 46 grams

24 Luncheon / Dessert Spoons - Vermeil Bowls 17.80 cm. 57 grams

24 Dessert Knives - Sterling Blades 21.30 cm. 43 grams

20 Fish Knives - Vermeil Blades 21.80 cm. 67 grams

20 Fish Forks - Vermeil Prongs 27.50 cm. 48 grams

20 Ice Cream Spoons - Vermeil Bowls 13.60 cm. 31 grams

10 Coffee / Tea Spoons 14.50 cm. 30 grams

1 Large Serving Fork - Vermeil Prongs 24.60 cm. 108 grams

1 Large Serving Knife - Vermeil Blade 24.60 cm. 105 grams

1 Large Fish Serving Fork 24.50 cm. 111 grams

1 Large Fish Serving Knife 24.20 cm. 104 grams

1 Large Serving Spoon 25.00 cm. 105 grams

1 Large Individual Tart Server 24.00 cm. 121 grams

1 Large Serving Spoon - Vermeil Bowl 24.20 cm. 102 grams

1 Gravy / Sauce Serving Ladle 19.00 cm. 104 grams

1 Gravy / Sauce Serving Ladle 19.00 cm. 100 grams

2 Small Dessert Serving Forks - Vermeil Prongs 15.50 cm. 33 grams

2 Small Cheese Serving Forks - Vermeil Prongs 15.50 cm. 29 grams

1 Small Cheese Serving Knife - Vermeil Blade 18.00 cm. 37 grams

1 Small Dessert Serving Knife - Vermeil Blade 17.20 cm. 45 grams

296pc. Antique French 950 Sterling Silver and Vermeil Flatware Set, Service for 24.
$66,747.00 CAD
$66,747.00 CAD

296pc. Antique French 950 Sterling Silver and Vermeil Flatware Set, Service for 24.

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