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Cardeilhac (Christofle) - A Stunning 19th Century, 4-Piece, Louis XVI, 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter Set - MINT !

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Direct from Paris, a Magnificent 4-piece Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter Set by France's Premier Silversmiths, Cardeilhac (Christofle) circa 1890s.  The Set Consists of 2 Oval Serving Platters and 2 Round Serving Platters.  Each Piece has been Meticulously Restored to Near New Condition, You Can't Go Wrong Buying Quality.  Cardeilhac, a name synonymous with French elegance and craftsmanship in silver-smithing, has long been celebrated for its exceptional contributions to the art of silverware. Founded in the early 19th century, the firm quickly established itself as a paragon of quality and artistry.

 

The foundation of Cardeilhac's esteemed reputation lies in its unwavering commitment to craftsmanship. From its inception, the firm was dedicated to excellence in every piece of silverware it produced. Each item was a testament to the skill and meticulous attention to detail of its artisans. The use of 950 sterling silver, a particularly high grade of silver, exemplifies this commitment. This alloy, composed of 95% pure silver, was favored for its ability to yield a superior finish and durability, making it ideal for the high standards set by Cardeilhac.

 

The craftsmanship of Cardeilhac was not merely technical but also deeply artistic. The firm's artisans were known for their ability to integrate intricate designs with functionality, creating pieces that were both beautiful and practical. This blend of form and function is evident in their elaborate ornamentation of silverware, which often featured motifs from nature, rococo influences, and neoclassical elements. The artistic direction of Cardeilhac continually evolved, reflecting changes in artistic trends and customer preferences, yet the quality remained consistently high.

 

The excellence of Cardeilhac did not go unnoticed in the world of art and craftsmanship. Throughout its history, the firm garnered numerous awards and accolades that recognized its superior quality and innovative designs. Notably, Cardeilhac received prestigious awards at international expositions, such as the Paris Exposition Universelle. At these venues, Cardeilhac's creations stood out for their exceptional quality and artistic merit, often earning the highest honors.  These accolades served not only as recognition of Cardeilhac's artistic and technical prowess but also helped to elevate the firm's status on the international stage. The awards attracted the attention of high-profile clients and connoisseurs of fine silver, further solidifying Cardeilhac's position as a leader in the silver-smithing industry.

 

An important aspect of Cardeilhac's history is its connection to royal patronage. The firm's ability to attract the attention of European royalty is a testament to its prestige and the high esteem in which it was held. Royals and aristocrats sought Cardeilhac's silverware for their palaces and manors, entrusting the firm with creating bespoke pieces that reflected their status and taste.  This royal patronage not only enhanced Cardeilhac's reputation but also allowed the firm to push the boundaries of silver crafting. The demands and preferences of these royal clients led to unique, often more elaborate creations that showcased the firm's capability to fulfill and exceed the expectations of an elite clientele. The association with royalty further reinforced Cardeilhac's image as a purveyor of luxury.

 

Among the most celebrated creations of Cardeilhac are its 950 sterling silver serving platters, like this amazing 4-piece set.  These platters are prime examples of the firm's mastery over silver crafting. The choice of 950 sterling silver for these platters ensures not only an unmatched sheen and substantial feel but also a remarkable resilience, making them suitable for both ceremonial functions and practical use.  The design of their serving platters often included elaborate engravings and motifs that reflected the artistic currents of the time. Whether it was the intricate florals of the Art Nouveau period or the geometric patterns of Art Deco, Cardeilhac's platters were always at the forefront of style and elegance. The platters were not merely serving items but also works of art that demonstrated the artistic capabilities of the firm's silversmiths.

Cardeilhac remains a symbol of French luxury and artisanal perfection in the realm of silver-smithing. The firm's commitment to quality and craftsmanship, its receipt of numerous prestigious awards, the patronage of royalty, and its exquisite 950 sterling silver serving platters collectively paint a picture of a firm that was not only a commercial success but also a cultural icon. Cardeilhac's legacy continues to influence modern silversmiths, setting a benchmark for quality and elegance that is timeless. As we reflect on the contributions of Cardeilhac to the arts, it becomes clear that the firm was not just creating silverware; it was crafting heritage.

 

This amazing 4-piece serving platter set is a stunning testament to the quality and craftsmanship for which the firm is internationally known.  The first oval serving platter measures approximately 48.00 cm. in length, 31.50 cm. across at its widest point and weights 1,412 grams.  It is stamped with the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver in addition to the Cardeilhac sterling silver manufacturer's hallmark and is stamped "Cardeilhac Paris" on the underside.  It comes with its own anti-tarnish storage wrap for easy storage.

 

The second oval serving platter measures approximately 48.00 cm. in length, 31.50 cm. across at its widest point and weights 1,392 grams.  It is stamped with the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver in addition to the Cardeilhac sterling silver manufacturer's hallmark and is stamped "Cardeilhac Paris" on the underside.  It comes with its own anti-tarnish storage wrap for easy storage.

 

The first round serving platter has a diameter of 32.00 cm., weights 940 grams.  It is stamped with the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver in addition to the Cardeilhac sterling silver manufacturer's hallmark and is stamped "Cardeilhac Paris" on the underside.  It comes with its own anti-tarnish storage wrap for easy storage.

 

The fourth round serving platter has a diameter of 32.00 cm., weights 925 grams and is engraved with the noble family's Coat of Arms.  It is stamped with the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver in addition to the Cardeilhac sterling silver manufacturer's hallmark and is stamped "Cardeilhac Paris" on the underside.  It comes with its own anti-tarnish storage wrap for easy storage. 

Cardeilhac (Christofle) - A Stunning 19th Century, 4-Piece, Louis XVI, 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter Set - MINT !
$26,083.00 CAD
$26,083.00 CAD

Cardeilhac (Christofle) - A Stunning 19th Century, 4-Piece, Louis XVI, 950 Sterling Silver Serving Platter Set - MINT !

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