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Henin - 2pc. Louis XVI Covered 950 Sterling Silver Vegetable Server / Tureen - Like New !

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Direct from a private chateau in France, a stunning, privately commissioned, 2-piece, Louis XVI antique French 950 covered sterling silver vegetable server (tureen) by internationally known French silversmiths "Henin & Cie." in like new and NO MONOGRAMS - circa 1890s.

 

The art of silver-smithing in France has a rich and storied history, dating back to the medieval period. Among the numerous distinguished names in this venerable craft, Henin stands out as a beacon of quality and artistry.  Henin's origins are deeply embedded in the flourishing tradition of French silver-smithing. The Henin family entered the scene during a time when French silver was gaining unprecedented acclaim, influenced by the stylistic and technical innovations of the Renaissance. As artisans in the heart of Paris, the Henin silversmiths were part of a community of craftsmen who set the standards for elegance and quality in European silverware.

 

Founded in the 19th century, the Henin workshop quickly distinguished itself through its commitment to excellence and innovation. The firm was established by Jean-Pierre Henin; a master silversmith whose vision was to blend traditional techniques with modern aesthetics. His workshop in Paris became a hub of creativity and precision, producing pieces that were both functional and works of art.  Henin's reputation for quality and craftsmanship is well-earned and meticulously maintained. Each piece created by Henin is a testament to the high standards of French silver-smithing, where attention to detail, precision, and aesthetic beauty are paramount.

 

A distinguishing feature of Henin silver pieces is their 950 sterling silver standard, which is higher than the usual 925 sterling standard. This higher silver content not only gives their pieces a richer luster but also enhances their durability and resistance to tarnish. Each piece is stamped with the maker’s mark and the French hallmark, ensuring authenticity and quality. Henin’s commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed. Over the years, the firm has received numerous awards and accolades, cementing its status as a leader in the field of silver-smithing. One of the most prestigious recognitions came at the Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris, where Henin was awarded for its outstanding craftsmanship and innovative designs.

 

These accolades are a testament to Henin’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in silverware. The firm’s pieces are regularly featured in international exhibitions and are sought after by collectors and connoisseurs around the world. The awards serve not only as recognition of past achievements but also as an inspiration for continued excellence. The prestige of Henin is further enhanced by its association with royalty. Throughout its history, Henin has enjoyed the patronage of various royal households, which has significantly contributed to its reputation. The firm’s ability to create pieces that meet the exacting standards of royalty is a mark of its superior craftsmanship and design prowess.

 

Henin’s pieces have graced the tables of numerous European courts, including those of France, England, and Russia. These commissions often involved creating bespoke pieces that reflected the tastes and preferences of the royal patrons. The fact that Henin’s silver pieces were chosen for such prestigious settings speaks volumes about the quality and artistry of their work.  Among Henin’s many masterpieces, their 950 sterling silver vegetable servers and stand out as exemplars of their craft. These pieces are not only functional but also serve as decorative elements that enhance the dining experience. Their vegetable servers, for instance, are designed with both practicality and aesthetics in mind. They feature elegant handles that are comfortable to hold and intricately decorated bowls that showcase Henin’s skill in silverwork. The high silver content ensures that the servers have a brilliant shine and are resistant to corrosion, making them both beautiful and durable. 

 

One of the standout features of Henin’s vegetable servers is the way in which the pieces are finished. The silversmiths employ a variety of techniques to achieve different textures and finishes, from highly polished surfaces to delicate matte finishes. This not only adds to the visual appeal of the pieces but also enhances their tactile qualities.  Henin’s design philosophy is rooted in a deep respect for tradition combined with a forward-looking vision. The firm draws inspiration from various sources, including classical art, nature, and contemporary design trends. This eclectic approach allows Henin to create pieces that are both timeless and relevant.  The silversmiths at Henin are known for their ability to translate these inspirations into tangible forms. Each piece begins as a sketch, which is then refined and perfected before the actual work of silver-smithing begins. This process involves multiple stages, including shaping, decorating, and finishing, each of which requires a high level of skill and precision.  The attention to detail is evident in every aspect of Henin’s work. This commitment to excellence ensures that every Henin piece is a masterpiece in its own right.

 

The legacy of Henin extends beyond the pieces they have created. The firm has played a significant role in shaping the standards and aesthetics of French silver-smithing. By consistently pushing the boundaries of design and craftsmanship, Henin has set a benchmark for quality that others aspire to.  Henin’s influence can be seen in the work of contemporary silversmiths who draw inspiration from the firm’s innovative approach and commitment to excellence. The techniques and standards established by Henin continue to inform the practices of modern artisans, ensuring that the tradition of fine French silver-smithing remains vibrant and dynamic.

 

Henin’s place in the pantheon of great French silversmiths is well-deserved. The firm’s history is a testament to its enduring commitment to quality and craftsmanship. From the early days of its founding to its current status as a leader in the field, Henin has consistently produced pieces that are both functional and works of art.  The firm’s numerous awards and royal patronage speak to the high regard in which its work is held. Henin’s 950 sterling silver vegetable servers and tableware pieces, in particular, exemplify the firm’s dedication to excellence. These pieces are not only practical tools but also exquisite examples of the silversmith’s art.  Through their innovative designs and meticulous craftsmanship, Henin has left an indelible mark on the world of silver-smithing. The firm’s legacy is one of beauty, precision, and a relentless pursuit of perfection.

 

This magnificent covered vegetable server is a stunning example of the quality and craftsmanship for which the firm is internationally known. This covered vegetable server (tureen) stands approximately 22.00cm. high to the top of the lid and weights 2,014 grams. It is roughly 34.00 cm. across to the tips of the handles and has inside diameter of 21.00 cm. 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 Henin sterling silver manufacturer's hallmark.

Henin - 2pc. Louis XVI Covered 950 Sterling Silver Vegetable Server / Tureen - Like New !
$11,251.00 CAD
$11,251.00 CAD

Henin - 2pc. Louis XVI Covered 950 Sterling Silver Vegetable Server / Tureen - Like New !

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