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Lapparra - 111pc.(Service for 18) Antique French Sterling Silver Flatware Set + Storage Chest

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Direct from Paris, a magnificent 111pc. sterling silver flatware set by internationally known French silversmith "Lapparra", classic "Louis XVI" pattern with rare ebony handled knives and 3-tiered original custom made lockable wooden storage chest with key (circa 1890s).  The rich history of French silversmithing boasts many illustrious names, but few have left as indelible a mark as the renowned Lapparra family. For over a thousand years, this lineage of skilled artisans has crafted exquisite silverware that transcends mere utility, evolving into a symbol of luxury, artistry, and French cultural heritage.

 

The story of the Lapparra family's silver-smithing prowess begins in the early 10th century, a time when the craft was in its infancy in France.  By the 12th century, the Lapparra name had become synonymous with craftsmanship, and their workshops produced intricate chalices, candlesticks, and reliquaries for churches across France. The family's meticulous attention to detail and commitment to quality earned them recognition from the Church, and their creations adorned cathedrals throughout the land.

 

As the Renaissance swept through Europe, the Lapparra family adapted to the changing artistic landscape. The silversmiths embraced the era's fascination with classical antiquity and began crafting silver pieces inspired by Greco-Roman aesthetics. The 18th century brought about profound changes in France, both politically and artistically. The Enlightenment fostered new ideas and ideals, inspiring a shift in artistic expression. The Lapparra silversmiths adapted once again, incorporating neoclassical elements into their work. This era saw the emergence of Pierre Lapparra, a visionary silversmith who pushed the boundaries of his craft. 

 

The 19th century witnessed the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte and the consolidation of his empire. The Lapparra silversmiths adapted to the imperial tastes, crafting magnificent pieces that showcased the grandeur of the First French Empire. Elaborate tea and coffee sets, dinnerware, and ornate presentation pieces were created for the imperial court, earning the family the coveted title of "Imperial Silversmiths."  The Lapparra family's creations graced the tables of Napoleon's lavish banquets and adorned the Palais des Tuileries. Their innovative techniques, such as chasing and repoussé, set new standards in silversmithing. Even after Napoleon's fall, the Lapparra legacy endured, as they continued to cater to the elite of Europe, from Russian tsars to British nobility.

 

Henri Lapparra, an illustrious craftsman whose vision was to create silverware that epitomized elegance and superiority founded his workshop in Paris in 1893. From its inception, the firm distinguished itself by adhering to the highest standards of silver-smithing, ensuring that each piece was not only a functional item but also a work of art. Situated in Paris, the heart of European luxury and culture, Henri Lapparra quickly gained a reputation for producing some of the finest silver pieces in France.  The hallmark of Lapparra’s success lies in their unwavering commitment to quality and craftsmanship. Each piece of silverware produced by Lapparra is meticulously handcrafted by skilled artisans who have honed their skills through years of rigorous training and experience.

 

The creation of Lapparra's silverware involves several intricate steps, each demanding precision and expertise. From the initial design sketches to the final polishing, every stage is executed with meticulous attention to detail. The artisans employ traditional techniques such as hand-hammering, chasing, and repoussé, which have been passed down through generations. These methods not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of the silverware but also ensure its durability and longevity.  In addition to their technical prowess, Lapparra’s craftsmen infuse each piece with a sense of artistry and creativity. The designs often draw inspiration from a rich array of cultural and historical motifs, blending classical elegance with contemporary flair. This fusion of styles results in pieces that are timeless yet modern, appealing to a wide range of tastes and preferences.

 

Lapparra's exceptional craftsmanship has not gone unnoticed in the world of fine silverware. Over the years, the company has received numerous awards and accolades, cementing its reputation as a leader in the industry. One of the most notable achievements came in 1900 when Lapparra was awarded a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. This prestigious event, which showcased the finest examples of art and industry from around the world, provided an international platform for Lapparra to display their exquisite creations.  The accolades continued to pour in throughout the 20th century, with Lapparra receiving recognition at various international exhibitions and competitions. These awards not only acknowledged the superior quality of their craftsmanship but also highlighted their innovative approach to design and their contribution to the evolution of silver-smithing.

 

One of the most significant endorsements of Lapparra's excellence comes from their royal patronage. Over the years, Lapparra has had the honor of serving various royal households and aristocratic families, providing them with bespoke silverware that reflects their status and taste. This prestigious patronage is a clear indication of the trust and admiration that Lapparra commands among the elite.  The association with royalty has further enhanced Lapparra’s reputation, positioning them as a purveyor of luxury and refinement. The bespoke nature of these commissions often involves creating unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that are tailored to the specific preferences and requirements of the clients. This level of personalization and exclusivity is a hallmark of Lapparra’s service, ensuring that each piece is a treasured heirloom that can be passed down through generations.

 

Among Lapparra’s many exceptional creations, their 950 sterling silver flatware sets with ebony-handled knives stand out as a testament to their mastery of the craft. These sets epitomize the perfect blend of elegance, functionality, and artistry, making them highly coveted by collectors and connoisseurs.  The choice of 950 sterling silver is a deliberate one, reflecting Lapparra’s commitment to using only the finest materials. With a higher silver content than the standard 925 sterling silver, 950 sterling silver offers enhanced purity and a more radiant finish. This superior quality not only adds to the visual appeal of the flatware but also ensures its durability and resistance to tarnish.  The ebony-handled knives are a distinctive feature of Lapparra’s flatware sets, adding a touch of luxury and refinement. Ebony, known for its rich, dark color and fine texture, has been prized for centuries for its beauty and durability. The use of ebony in the handles provides a striking contrast to the gleaming silver, creating a visually stunning effect.  Crafting the ebony handles requires a high level of skill and precision. The wood is carefully selected and shaped to ensure a comfortable grip and a seamless fit with the silver blade. The handles are then polished to a smooth, glossy finish, highlighting the natural beauty of the ebony.

 

The combination of 950 sterling silver and ebony handles results in flatware that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also highly functional. The weight and balance of each piece are carefully calibrated to ensure ease of use and a comfortable dining experience. The sharpness and durability of the silver blades, combined with the ergonomic design of the ebony handles, make these knives a pleasure to use.  Moreover, the attention to detail in the craftsmanship ensures that each piece of flatware is a work of art. The intricate designs and patterns, whether classical or contemporary, are a testament to the skill and creativity of Lapparra’s artisans. These sets are not just utilitarian objects but also decorative pieces that enhance the dining experience and add a touch of elegance to any table setting.

 

Lapparra’s enduring legacy in the world of silver-smithing is a testament to their unwavering commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and innovation. From their humble beginnings in the 10th century, to their current status as a leading name in fine silverware, Lapparra has consistently delivered products that exemplify excellence and elegance of over 1000 years. This stunning 111-piece, 950 sterling silver flatware sets with ebony-handled knives is a prime example of their mastery, combining superior materials, meticulous craftsmanship, and artistic design to create pieces that are both functional and beautiful. In an age where mass production and disposable goods have become the norm, Lapparra stands out as a beacon of true craftsmanship and artistry. Their silverware is not merely a collection of objects but a legacy of beauty and excellence that continues to inspire and captivate.

 

This magnificent set is in excellent condition. Each piece is made by hand and bears the personal hallmark of internationally known French silversmith "Lapparra" in addition to the the French Government's "Head of the Minerva 1" hallmark - certifying the highest quality of sterling silver in the world, a minimum of 950 sterling. These large European pieces are dated from late 1800s. This is an amazing set in the classic Louis XVI pattern and includes the original, lockable, 3-tiered storage chest with key. It is offered at a very attractive price and includes the following (all weights and measure approximate):

 

18 Dinner Forks 21.50 cm. 81 grams

18 Table Spoons 21.50 cm. 85 grams

18 Luncheon / Dessert Forks 18.10 cm. 55 grams

18 Luncheon / Dessert Spoons 18.00 cm. 56 grams

12 Tea / Coffee Spoons 12.50 cm. 19 grams

12 Dinner Knives - ebony handles and inox blades 24.50 cm.

12 Luncheon / Dessert Knives - ebony handles and inox blades 20.30 cm.

1 Cheese Serving Knife - ebony handle and inox blade 19.50 cm.

1 Butter Serving Knife - ebony handle and inox blade 13.00 cm.

1 Small Dessert Serving Knife - ebony handle and inox blade 14.60 cm.

3-Tiered wood storage chest with brass carrying handle, Length 41.5 cm., width 27.5 cm. and height 13.5 cm.

Lapparra - 111pc.(Service for 18) Antique French Sterling Silver Flatware Set + Storage Chest
$23,018.00 CAD
$23,018.00 CAD

Lapparra - 111pc.(Service for 18) Antique French Sterling Silver Flatware Set + Storage Chest

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