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BB Antique 5pc French 950 Sterling Silver Tea Set, Christofle Serving Tray., 7pcs.

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Direct from Paris, a magnificent French, 6pc. Louis XVI, 950 sterling silver tea set in near new condition by French silversmith (B.B.) with stunning Christofle serving tray.  The appreciation for antique French 950 sterling silver tea sets is not merely an interest, but a profound recognition of exquisite craftsmanship, historical significance, and enduring value. These tea sets, renowned for their exceptional quality and intricate designs, stand as a testament to France's rich artistic heritage and its silversmiths' mastery.

French 950 sterling silver, denoted for its 950 parts per thousand silver purity, surpasses the standard 925 parts purity of sterling silver commonly used elsewhere. This higher silver content imparts a superior luster and a heftier feel, distinguishing French silver articles as amongst the most sought after. The hallmarking system, a guarantor of this purity, includes the "Minerva head" stamp, a symbol of authenticity and quality assurance, ensuring each piece's compliance with the stringent French standards.

The craftsmanship of French silver tea sets from the 18th and 19th centuries reflects an era when artistry in everyday objects was immensely valued.  Silversmiths, such as the renowned Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot and François-Désiré Froment-Meurice, employed techniques like repoussé, chasing, and filigree to create elaborate decorative motifs—ranging from Rococo swirls to Neoclassical lines. These methods were not only labor-intensive but required a high level of skill and artistic insight, making each tea set a unique work of art.

The allure of French sterling silver tea sets was magnified by their association with royalty and the aristocracy. From Louis XIV’s lavish court at Versailles to Napoleon Bonaparte’s imperial banquets, French silverware graced the tables of the most influential figures in history. Royal patronage was not merely a testament to the silversmith's skill but also an important marketing tool that positioned these wares as symbols of power and prestige. This association with nobility and the continuous patronage by royal figures throughout history have imbued these tea sets with an intrinsic historical value that goes beyond their material worth. Each piece tells a story of its era, reflecting the social, political, and economic currents of its time, making them prized possessions for collectors and historians alike.

Throughout the centuries, French silversmiths have been recognized for their contributions to the decorative arts. Exhibitions like the Exposition Universelle in Paris have historically showcased French craftsmanship to an international audience, often earning medals and accolades. These recognitions highlight the artistic importance and innovative designs characteristic of French silverwork and have bolstered the reputation of French silver tea sets on the global stage.  The craftsmanship of French silver has not only been lauded in historical expositions but continues to be celebrated in today’s art and design circles. The continuous appreciation and recognition of these pieces at auctions and in art historical studies speak to their enduring allure and artistic value.

As objects of art, history, and utility, antique French 950 sterling silver tea sets present a compelling investment opportunity. Their value is underpinned by their rarity, condition, historical significance, and the market demand for high-quality silver items. Unlike other collectibles, the intrinsic value of the silver content offers a floor price, while the artistry and historical importance provide potential for significant appreciation.  In addition, as global interest in antique collectibles grows, driven by emerging markets and the digitization of auction platforms, French sterling silver tea sets are increasingly accessible to a broader audience. This growing market, coupled with the limited supply of high-quality antique silver, suggests a favorable outlook for investment in these exquisite pieces.

Antique French 950 sterling silver tea sets, like this stunning 5-piece set with Christofle silver-plate tray; embody a rich tapestry of artistry, royal history, and craftsmanship. They are not only beautiful and functional items but also carry deep historical narratives and serve as significant cultural artifacts. Their royal patronage, prestigious awards, and the high quality of materials and design, make these tea sets highly sought after by collectors and investors alike. As symbols of luxury and craftsmanship, they continue to fascinate and inspire, promising not only aesthetic enjoyment but also financial reward for those who appreciate the finest things from the past. Their enduring charm and value make them a worthy addition to any collection, representing a bridge between the art of the past and the investment potential of the future.

This is an amazing 5-piece sterling silver set with magnificent Christofle silver-plate serving tray.  Each piece has been professionally refinished to near new condition.  The stunning water fountain (samovar) and heater measures approximately 44.50 cm. in height to the top of the lid, roughly 24.50 cm. across from the tip of the spout to the end of the handle and weights an astounding 2,937 grams. The elegant hot chocolate server measures approximately 25.50 cm. in height to the top of the lid, roughly 20.50 cm. across from the tip of the spout to the end of the handle and weights a stunning 856 grams. The magnificent Tea Pot is approximately 20.00 cm. in height to the top of the lid, roughly 26.00 cm. across from the tip of the spout to the end of the handle and weighs 837 grams. The elegant sugar bowl with gold plated (Vermeil) Interior stands roughly 15.50 cm. high to the top of the lid, measures approximately 15.50 cm. across to the tips of the handles and weights 635 grams. The dainty cream pitcher with gold plated (vermeil)interior stands approximately 13,50 cm. high to the top of the handle, measures 14.50 cm. across from the end of the handle to the tip of the Spout and Weights 325 grams. The water server and each of the above pieces is in 950 sterling silver and is stamped with the French Government’s Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark, certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver, as well as the manufacturer's sterling silver hallmark - the initials "BB". Each piece comes with its own anti-tarnish storage wrap for easy storage. The stand for the water server and the small heater are silver plated but are also in excellent condition with no wearing of the silver plate.

The massive Serving Tray is by Christofle and is silver-plated bronze. Working exclusively in the multi-patented silver plating process of the highest quality, the Christofle artisans skillfully handcraft each piece with the fine workmanship that has made this brand a legend; renowned for their elegant styling and the legendary quality of their products. This serving tray is an exemplary testimony of their excellence. It is in excellent condition with only slight wearing of the silver-plate around the corners but it’s hardly noticeable. It measures approximately 73.00 cm. in length to the tips of the handles, 48.50 cm. wide at its widest point and weights an astounding 3,500 grams. It is stamped on the underside "Christofle" and comes with its own anti-tarnish storage wrap for easy storage.

BB Antique 5pc French 950 Sterling Silver Tea Set, Christofle Serving Tray., 7pcs.
$35,050.00 CAD
$35,050.00 CAD

BB Antique 5pc French 950 Sterling Silver Tea Set, Christofle Serving Tray., 7pcs.

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