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Doutre Roussel - 5pc Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Tea Set + Serving Tray

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Direct from Paris, a stunning Louis XVI, 6-piece sterling silver tea / coffee set in near new condition by two of France's premier silversmiths "Claude Doutre-Roussel" and "Christofle" silversmiths to the aristocracy of Europe, includes a hot chocolate server and large serving tray plus 6 anti-tarnish storage wraps, Circa 1895.  Claude Doutre-Roussel, a revered name in the annals of French silver-smithing, epitomizes the highest standards of craftsmanship, elegance, and artistic brilliance. Christofle, “Silversmith to the King” has been serving European aristocracy for generations.

 

The origins of Claude Doutre-Roussel trace back to the vibrant world of 19th-century Paris, a time and place that fostered a renaissance in the decorative arts. Founded by Claude Doutre-Roussel, the atelier quickly distinguished itself through its dedication to the revival and perpetuation of traditional French silver-smithing techniques. From its inception, the firm embraced both the rich heritage of French silverware and the innovative spirit of its time.  Claude Doutre-Roussel was not just a craftsman but a visionary who understood the importance of blending classical styles with contemporary demands. His workshop attracted some of the finest silversmiths in Paris, creating an environment where artistry and skill flourished. This confluence of talent and vision laid the foundation for a legacy that would endure for generations.

 

The hallmark of Claude Doutre-Roussel's work is its unparalleled quality and craftsmanship. Each piece of silverware produced under this esteemed name reflects a meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to excellence that is rare even among the finest silversmiths. The use of 950 sterling silver, which is of a higher purity than the standard 925 sterling, underscores their dedication to utilizing the best materials available.  The craftsmanship is evident in the intricate engravings, flawless finishes, and harmonious proportions that characterize each piece. The artisans’ expertise extends to every aspect of the work, from the delicate hinges of a tea pot lid to the balanced weight of a spoon. This attention to detail ensures that each item is not only beautiful but also functional and durable.

 

The excellence of Claude Doutre-Roussel's work did not go unnoticed by the elite of Europe. The firm received commissions from various royal households, establishing a reputation for luxury and sophistication that few could rival. This royal patronage served as both a mark of distinction and a testament to the high regard in which their work was held.  One of the most notable patrons of Claude Doutre-Roussel was King Louis-Philippe of France, who admired the blend of classical elegance and contemporary craftsmanship that defined their pieces. The firm also supplied silverware to other European royal families, including those of Spain and Russia, further solidifying its reputation as a premier silversmith. This patronage not only brought financial success but also enhanced the prestige of the Claude Doutre-Roussel name, positioning it as a symbol of the finest in French decorative arts.

 

The connection to royal households meant that Claude Doutre-Roussel’s creations were often seen in the most opulent settings, used during state banquets and formal gatherings. These pieces were not merely functional items but also symbols of status and refinement, reflecting the grandeur and sophistication of their owners. The firm’s ability to cater to such distinguished clients is a testament to the exceptional quality and artistry of their work.

 

Claude Doutre-Roussel’s contributions to the field of silver-smithing were recognized with numerous awards and accolades. The firm’s participation in various international exhibitions, such as the Expositions Universelles (World Fairs), garnered widespread acclaim and several prestigious medals. These events provided a platform to showcase their exquisite craftsmanship to a global audience, earning them a place among the elite of the decorative arts.  At the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris, Claude Doutre-Roussel was awarded the Grand Prix, a testament to their innovative designs and superior craftsmanship. This accolade was followed by further recognition at subsequent exhibitions, including the 1900 Exposition Universelle, where they received another Grand Prix for their outstanding contributions to the art of silver-smithing.  These awards were more than just ceremonial honors; they represented the high esteem in which Claude Doutre-Roussel was held by their peers and the wider artistic community. The accolades validated the firm’s commitment to excellence and innovation, cementing their status as leaders in the field of silverware.

 

Among Claude Doutre-Roussel’s most celebrated creations are their Louis XVI model tea sets, crafted in 950 sterling silver. These tea sets are not only masterpieces of design but also epitomize the luxurious elegance and meticulous craftsmanship for which the firm is renowned. The Louis XVI style, characterized by its neoclassical aesthetic, draws inspiration from ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture. This style is marked by its use of geometric shapes, symmetrical designs, and elaborate ornamentation, often featuring motifs such as laurel wreaths, fluted columns, and acanthus leaves. Claude Doutre-Roussel masterfully adapted these elements into their tea sets, creating pieces that are both timeless and contemporary.

 

Each Louis XVI model tea set typically includes a teapot, a coffee pot, a sugar bowl, a creamer, and a tray. These sets are distinguished by their harmonious proportions, elegant lines, and intricate details. The use of 950 sterling silver ensures a brilliant, lasting finish that enhances the beauty of the pieces.  The creation of these tea sets involves several stages, each requiring a high level of skill and precision. The process begins with the design phase, where detailed drawings are made to outline the form and decorative elements of each piece. These designs are then transferred to silver sheets, which are meticulously hammered and shaped by hand.

 

One of the defining features of Claude Doutre-Roussel’s Louis XVI tea sets is the exquisite engraving and chasing work that adorns each piece. Artisans use specialized tools to create intricate patterns and motifs, adding depth and texture to the silver. This detailed work requires a steady hand and a keen eye for design, as even the smallest mistake can mar the beauty of the finished piece.  The handles and spouts of the teapots and coffee pots are often adorned with acanthus leaves and other classical motifs, while the lids may feature finials in the shape of fruit or flowers. These decorative elements are not only aesthetically pleasing but also serve as a testament to the silversmith’s skill and attention to detail.

 

 The legacy of Claude Doutre-Roussel extends beyond their exquisite creations. Their commitment to quality, innovation, and design excellence set a standard for future generations of silversmiths. The firm’s influence can be seen in the work of contemporary designers who continue to draw inspiration from their masterpieces.  Claude Doutre-Roussel’s contribution to the decorative arts also played a role in shaping broader trends in design. Their ability to merge traditional craftsmanship with modern aesthetics helped define the visual language of their era, leaving a lasting impact on the world of silverware and decorative arts.  The firm’s pieces are highly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs, valued not only for their beauty and craftsmanship but also for their historical significance. Museums and private collections around the world feature Claude Doutre-Roussel’s work, preserving their legacy for future generations to admire and study.

 

Claude Doutre-Roussel, with their rich history, exceptional craftsmanship, and association with royal patronage, holds a distinguished place in the history of French silver-smithing. Their 950 sterling silver Louis XVI model tea sets are not only masterpieces of design but also symbols of an era that celebrated elegance, innovation, and luxury. Through their dedication to excellence and their ability to adapt to changing tastes, Claude Doutre-Roussel have left an enduring legacy that continues to inspire and captivate. The firm’s unwavering commitment to quality and artistry ensured that each piece of silverware they produced was a work of art, designed to be both beautiful and functional. Their recognition by royal patrons and the numerous awards they received are a testament to their status as leaders in the field of silverware.

 

Claude Doutre-Roussel’s Louis XVI model tea sets, with their intricate engravings, harmonious proportions, and use of the finest materials, epitomize the excellence and sophistication of French silversmithing. These sets remain highly prized by collectors and serve as a lasting reminder of the firm’s contribution to the decorative arts.  Claude Doutre-Roussel’s legacy is one of unparalleled craftsmanship, innovative design, and timeless elegance. Their work continues to inspire and delight, ensuring that the name Claude Doutre-Roussel remains synonymous with the finest in French silverware.

 

This amazing 5-piece 950 sterling silver tea set is a stunning example of the quality and craftsmanship for which the firm was internationally known.  The magnificent tea pot is approximately 21.00 cm. in height to the top of the handle, roughly 26.50 cm. across from the tip of the spout to the end of the handle and weighs 800 grams. It is stamped with the Claude Doutre-Roussel sterling silver hallmark as well as the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver.

 

The majestic coffee pot is an amazing 27.50 cm. high to the top of the lid, 21.00 cm. across from the tip of the spout to the end of the handle and weights 719 grams. It is also stamped with the Claude Doutre-Roussel sterling silver hallmark as well as the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver.

 

The sturdy hot chocolate server is roughly 28.00 cm. high to the top of the lid, measures approximately 22.00 cm. across from to the end of the handle and weights 832 grams. It is also stamped with the Claude Doutre-Roussel sterling silver hallmark as well as the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver.

 

The magnificent sugar bowl with gold plated interior stands roughly 18.50 cm. high to the top of the lid, measures approximately 17.00 cm. across to the tips of the handles and weights 527 grams. It is also stamped with the Claude Doutre-Roussel sterling silver hallmark as well as the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver.

 

The dainty cream pitcher stands approximately 15.50 cm. high to the top of the spout, measures 12 cm. across from the end of the handle to the tip of the spout and weights 305 grams. It is also stamped with the Claude Doutre-Roussel sterling silver hallmark as well as the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver.

 

The massive serving tray is 70.00 cm. in length, 47.00 cm. wide at its widest point and weights in excess of 4,000 grams. It is silver-plated and is stamped on the underside "Christofle 537241" & "150". It is in excellent condition and is engraved with the Noble Family's Coat of Arms. Founded in 1830, Christofle is famed for its elegant, traditional styling and legendary quality. As "Silversmith to the King," Christofle has been France's premier supplier of fine silver-plate products since the days of Louis-Philippe. You can’t go wrong buying quality.

Doutre Roussel - 5pc Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Tea Set + Serving Tray
$22,178.00 CAD
$22,178.00 CAD

Doutre Roussel - 5pc Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Tea Set + Serving Tray

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