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Henin - 108pc. Gold Plated Sterling Silver (Vermeil) Flatware Set + Storage Chest

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Direct from Paris, a magnificent 108-piece, antique French, gold plated 950 sterling silver, (vermeil), dessert flatware set by one of France’s premier silversmiths, “Henin Frères”, in excellent condition and includes original mahogany custom made storage chest – circa 1890s.  Since the 19th century, French silver-smithing has been synonymous with elegance, luxury, and unparalleled craftsmanship. Among the distinguished names in this field, Henin Frères stands out for its exceptional quality, exquisite designs, and royal patronage. Renowned for their gold-plated sterling silver works and vermeil dessert flatware pieces, Henin Frères has left an indelible mark on the world of decorative arts.

Quality and Craftsmanship:  Henin Frères earned widespread acclaim for their impeccable craftsmanship and unwavering commitment to quality. Founded in Paris in 1823 by François-Thomas Henin, the atelier quickly gained recognition for its mastery in silverwork. One of the defining features of Henin Frères' creations was their innovative use of gold plating on sterling silver.  Gold plating, also known as vermeil, involves the electroplating of a thin layer of gold onto a 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 Henin Frères craftsmen ensured that each piece exuded elegance and refinement.  Henin Frères' gold-plated sterling silver works encompassed a wide range of items, including tableware, decorative objects, and ceremonial pieces. From intricately designed tea sets to ornate candelabras, every creation bore the hallmark of superior craftsmanship. The combination of sterling silver's lustrous finish with the warmth of gold plating elevated these pieces to objects of desire, coveted by discerning collectors and connoisseurs.

Royal Patronage:  Henin Frères' reputation for excellence attracted the patronage of royalty and nobility across Europe. The atelier's distinguished clientele included monarchs, aristocrats, and prominent figures of the time. The endorsement of royal families further enhanced the prestige associated with Henin Frères' creations, cementing their status as purveyors of luxury.  Among the notable patrons of Henin Frères was Emperor Napoleon III of France, who commissioned several pieces for the imperial court. The atelier's association with the imperial household elevated its standing in elite circles and garnered international recognition. The patronage of royalty extended beyond France, with monarchs from neighboring countries seeking out Henin Frères' exquisite silverware for their palaces and residences.

Awards and Accolades:  The excellence of Henin Frères' craftsmanship was acknowledged through numerous awards and accolades received at prestigious exhibitions and fairs. The atelier's participation in international showcases provided a platform to showcase its finest creations and compete on a global stage.  One of the crowning achievements for Henin Frères came at the Exposition Universelle held in Paris in 1855. The atelier's display of gold-plated sterling silver works captivated audiences and earned critical acclaim from judges and critics alike. The accolades garnered at the exposition solidified Henin Frères' reputation as leaders in the field of silversmithing and propelled their legacy into the annals of decorative arts history.

Vermeil Dessert Flatware:  Central to Henin Frères' repertoire of silverware was their exquisite vermeil dessert flatware. Designed to accompany the finest dining experiences, these pieces combined aesthetic beauty with practical functionality. Crafted from sterling silver and meticulously plated with gold, the dessert flatware exemplified the artistry and skill of Henin Frères' craftsmen.

 

The dessert flatware set comprised a variety of utensils, including forks, spoons, and knives, each exquisitely adorned with intricate motifs and embellishments. From delicate floral patterns to elaborate filigree designs, every detail showcased the artistry of the silversmiths. The juxtaposition of sterling silver and gold plating created a stunning visual contrast, elevating the dining table to a scene of opulence and refinement.  Beyond their aesthetic appeal, Henin Frères' vermeil dessert flatware pieces were prized for their functionality and durability. The superior quality of materials and craftsmanship ensured that each utensil 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 elegance to the dining experience, enhancing the enjoyment of desserts and sweet treats.

 

Summary: Henin Frères occupies a unique position in the annals of French silver-smithing, celebrated for their mastery of craftsmanship, royal patronage, and exquisite vermeil dessert flatware. Through their gold-plated sterling silver works, the atelier epitomized the essence of luxury and elegance, leaving an indelible mark on the world of decorative arts. From imperial courts to elite salons, Henin Frères' creations continue to captivate admirers and collectors, serving as timeless symbols of beauty and refinement in the realm of silverware.

 

108-piece Vermeil Dessert Flatware Set:  This is an extremely high quality set in a very classic Louis XVI pattern. The silver pieces are even more stunning than can be reflected by the photographs. The set is in excellent condition and is offered at an extraordinarily low price. It is extremely good value for money. Each piece contains the French Government’s Head of the Minerva-1 Hallmark, signifying a minimum of 950 sterling, along with the Henin Freres hallmark. The Set Includes (all weights and measure approximate):

 

18 Dessert Knives with Vermeil Blades stamped "Boin-Taburet" 21.30 cm. 58 grams
18 Dessert Forks 18.20 cm. 55 grams
18 Dessert / Luncheon Spoons 18.50 cm. 63 grams
18 Luncheon Forks 18.20 cm. 55 grams
18 Luncheon Knives - Stainless Blades Stamped "Odiot" 22.30 cm. 55 grams
12 Ice Cream Spoons 14.20 cm. 41 grams
1 Large Serving Fork 21.00 cm. 98 grams
1 Large Serving Spoon 21.00 cm. 98 grams
1 Large Custard / Ice Cream Server 22.70 cm. 24 grams
1 Large Pie Serving Knife 27.50 cm. 38 grams
1 Large Sauce Serving Ladle 24.40 cm. 19 grams
1 Large Cake Serving Knive with Mahogany Handle and Vermeil Blade Stamped "Cardeilhac" 28.00 cm. 03 grams
1 3-Drawer Storage Chest

Henin - 108pc. Gold Plated Sterling Silver (Vermeil) Flatware Set + Storage Chest
$25,814.00 CAD
$25,814.00 CAD

Henin - 108pc. Gold Plated Sterling Silver (Vermeil) Flatware Set + Storage Chest

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