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Gruhier - Antique French Art Deco 950 Sterling Silver Soup / Stew Tureen

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Direct from Paris the Birthplace of Art Deco, a Stunning "Gatsby Era" Original French 950 Sterling Silver Art Deco Tureen by Internationally Known French Silversmith "J. Gruhier" Sophisticated Luxury at a Very Affordable Price, You Can't Go Wrong Buying Quality, circa early 1900s.  The name Gruhier, although perhaps not as universally recognized as some of its contemporaries, represents an illustrious chapter in the annals of French silver-smithing. Emerging during a vibrant period of artistic innovation, Gruhier became synonymous with exceptional quality and craftsmanship.

Founded in the late 19th century, Gruhier’s workshop quickly established itself as a beacon of excellence in the French silver industry. The founder, whose meticulous attention to detail and profound understanding of metallurgical processes set the stage for the firm's legacy, imbued his creations with a level of craftsmanship that rivaled the era's most esteemed silversmiths.  Gruhier’s ascent to prominence was marked by a dedication to craftsmanship and aesthetic excellence. The firm’s early work, primarily influenced by late Victorian styles, gradually evolved, embracing the modernist waves sweeping across Europe. By the 1920s, Gruhier had adeptly transitioned to the Art Deco style, which became a defining feature of its identity.

Art Deco, characterized by its bold geometric forms and lavish ornamentation, was a perfect match for Gruhier's meticulous craftsmanship. The silversmiths at Gruhier excelled in integrating symmetry and simplicity with luxurious materials, creating pieces that were both modern and timeless. Their use of streamlined shapes and incorporation of exotic motifs and materials reflected the era's fascination with innovation and luxury.  Gruhier was renowned for its advanced techniques in silver manipulation, including precision casting and intricate chasing. The firm also pioneered the integration of other luxurious materials such as ivory and enamel, which accentuated the opulence of their silver creations. These innovations not only set new standards in silver-smithing but also aligned perfectly with the Art Deco ethos of combining art with functionality.

The excellence of Gruhier’s craftsmanship was recognized and celebrated at numerous international exhibitions. Notably, their Art Deco pieces received high acclaim at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925 in Paris, which indeed was the event that gave the Art Deco movement its name. The recognition at such a prestigious venue solidified Gruhier's reputation as a leader in the Art Deco style.

Throughout its history, Gruhier received numerous awards, including several gold medals in national and international crafts competitions. These accolades not only celebrated the firm's artistic achievements but also highlighted their technical prowess and innovative approach to silver-smithing.  The allure of Gruhier’s silverware extended to the highest echelons of society, including various European royal families. Their bespoke creations for these patrons were often customized to suit the lavish and sophisticated settings of royal residences, featuring personalized emblems and family crests.  Gruhier’s ability to cater to such distinguished clientele reinforced its status as a purveyor of luxury. The royal patronage also provided a platform for the firm to showcase the breadth of its artistry and the versatility of its designs, which were both elegant and highly functional.

Among Gruhier’s most celebrated contributions to the Art Deco period were their sterling silver serving tureens and vegetable servers. These items stood out for their bold aesthetic that broke away from earlier, more ornate designs prevalent in silver items. Their sleek lines, geometric patterns, and the judicious use of color contrast embodied the modern spirit of the 1920s and 1930s. The serving tableware designed by Gruhier during the Art Deco period have become emblematic of the era. Collectors and museums continue to prize these items for their beauty and historical significance. The enduring appeal of these pieces attests to Gruhier's mastery of design and their pivotal role in the development of modern silver-smithing.

Gruhier’s journey through the transformative years of the Art Deco movement highlights a legacy characterized by artistic innovation and exquisite craftsmanship. The firm’s dedication to excellence in the creation of sterling silver tureens and tableware not only defined an era of luxury but also set standards that continue to influence the world of silversmithing. The enduring legacy of Gruhier, marked by prestigious awards, royal patronage, and iconic designs, remains a testament to their standing in the pantheon of great French silversmiths. Through their remarkable creations, Gruhier has left an indelible mark on the decorative arts, symbolizing the fusion of artistic vision and impeccable craftsmanship that continues to inspire and captivate connoisseurs around the globe.

This magnificent covered 950 sterling silver art deco serving tureen and presentation platter are a stunning example of the quality and craftsmanship for which Gruhier was internationally known.  Together they stand approximately 20.50cm. high to the top of the lid and weigh 3,714 grams.  Each piece is stamped with the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 Hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver as well as the "J. Gruhier" sterling silver manufacturer's hallmark. J. Gruhier & Sons operated at 14 Rue de la Cordene here in Paris from 1897.  The tureen itself measures approximately 32cm. in length to the tips of the handles, 19cm. wide at its widest point and weights 2,162 grams. It is stamped with the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 Hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver as well as the "J.Gruhier" sterling silver manufacturer's hallmark.  The tureen's custom presentation platter measures approximately 41cm. in length, 30cm. wide at its widest point and weights 1,552 grams. It is also stamped with the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 Hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver as well as the "J.Gruhier" sterling silver manufacturer's hallmark. You can’t go wrong buying quality.

Gruhier - Antique French Art Deco 950 Sterling Silver Soup / Stew Tureen
$23,406.00 CAD
$23,406.00 CAD

Gruhier - Antique French Art Deco 950 Sterling Silver Soup / Stew Tureen

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