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Odiot - 126pc. Antique 19th Century French 950 Sterling Silver Flatware Set + Storage Chest !

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Direct from a Private Mansion in Paris, A Magnificent 126pc. 19th Century French 950 Sterling Silver Flatware Set by the World's Premier French Silversmith "Jean-Baptiste Odiot", circa 1890s.  French silversmithing has long been celebrated for its exquisite craftsmanship and unrivaled quality, and among the luminaries of this tradition stands the name Odiot. Founded in the late 18th century by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot, the Odiot firm quickly rose to prominence, garnering royal patronage and international acclaim for its sterling silver creations. This essay will delve into the remarkable legacy of Odiot, focusing on its unparalleled quality and craftsmanship, its prestigious royal patronage, its numerous awards and accolades, and its iconic sterling silver flatware sets.

 

The story of Odiot begins in 1760 when Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot established his silversmith workshop in Paris. Odiot's dedication to excellence and innovation propelled the firm to prominence, earning it the patronage of the French monarchy and elite clientele across Europe. Throughout its history, Odiot remained at the forefront of silversmithing, adapting to changing tastes and styles while maintaining its commitment to quality craftsmanship.

 

At the heart of Odiot's enduring legacy lies its unwavering commitment to quality and craftsmanship. Each piece produced by the Odiot workshop reflects meticulous attention to detail, precision in execution, and mastery of traditional silversmithing techniques. Odiot artisans were renowned for their skillful manipulation of sterling silver, transforming raw materials into works of art that transcended mere functionality.

 

The hallmark of Odiot's craftsmanship is its distinctive style characterized by elegance, refinement, and sophistication. From intricate filigree work to elaborate embossing and engraving, Odiot pieces exhibit a level of artistry that is unmatched in the world of silversmithing. Moreover, Odiot's commitment to quality extended beyond aesthetics to include functionality and durability, ensuring that each piece was not only beautiful but also practical and long-lasting.

 

One of the most notable aspects of Odiot's legacy is its close association with royalty. From the time of Louis XVI to the reign of Napoleon III, the Odiot firm enjoyed the patronage of French monarchs and members of the aristocracy. The royal endorsement not only provided Odiot with prestige and recognition but also served as a testament to the exceptional quality of its craftsmanship.

 

Odiot's royal connections extended beyond France to include other European monarchies, further solidifying its reputation as a purveyor of luxury and taste. Kings, queens, and emperors commissioned custom pieces from Odiot, ranging from ornate tableware to extravagant ceremonial objects, thereby cementing the firm's status as the preeminent silversmith of its time.  The excellence of Odiot's craftsmanship was consistently recognized and celebrated through numerous awards and accolades. From prestigious exhibitions to international competitions, Odiot regularly received acclaim for its innovative designs, superior workmanship, and artistic ingenuity.

 

One of the most notable honors bestowed upon Odiot was the prestigious title of "Fournisseur de l'Empereur" (Supplier to the Emperor), granted by Napoleon Bonaparte himself in recognition of the firm's exceptional contributions to the decorative arts. Additionally, Odiot was the recipient of multiple gold medals at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, further affirming its status as a paragon of excellence in silversmithing.

 

Among Odiot's most iconic creations are its sterling silver flatware sets, like this amazing 126 piece set, which exemplify the pinnacle of luxury dining. Crafted with precision and care, each flatware set reflects Odiot's commitment to quality, elegance, and functionality.  Odiot flatware sets are renowned for their exquisite designs, which range from classic and timeless to opulent and ornate. Whether adorned with delicate floral motifs or elaborate rococo embellishments, Odiot flatware sets are masterpieces of design that elevate the dining experience to new heights of refinement.  Odiot flatware sets are prized not only for their aesthetic beauty but also for their exceptional craftsmanship and durability. Made from the finest sterling silver, each piece is expertly crafted to withstand the rigors of daily use while retaining its luster and allure for generations to come.

 

The legacy of Odiot stands as a testament to the enduring allure of French silversmithing. Through its unwavering commitment to quality and craftsmanship, its prestigious royal patronage, its numerous awards and accolades, and its iconic sterling silver flatware sets, Odiot has left an indelible mark on the world of decorative arts. From the lavish courts of Europe to the tables of discerning connoisseurs, Odiot's creations continue to captivate and inspire, embodying the timeless elegance and sophistication of French luxury.  Odiot's influence was not limited to France; his reputation extended to the international stage. He exported his works to clients throughout Europe and even across the Atlantic to the United States. Odiot's pieces became coveted treasures, sought after by collectors and connoisseurs across the world.  For five generations the firm has been silversmiths to the Kings and Queens of Europe as well as Presidents and Emperors around the world. Today the firm still maintains it's ranking as one of the best silversmiths in the world.

 

This amazing 126pc. flatware set in 950 sterling silver is a stunning example of the outstanding craftsmanship of the firm. The luxurious dessert knives with Mother-of-Pearl handles is by a different manufacturer and bears the French Government's Head of the Minerva 2 hallmark. The dainty coffee / teaspoons are also by a different manufacturer in a complimentary pattern but bear the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark. The remaining flatware pieces all bear the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark in addition to the House of Odiot manufacturer's sterling silver hallmark. The set includes the following (all weights and measures approximate):

 

12 Dinner Knives - Acier Blades 27.00 cm. 99 grams

12 Dinner Forks 22.00 cm. 90 grams

12 Extra Dinner Forks 22.00 cm. 90 grams

12 Tablespoons 22.00 cm. 95 grams

  9 Extra Tablespoons 22.00 cm. 95 grams

12 Luncheon Knives - Acier Blades 22.00 cm. 51 grams

12 Luncheon / Dessert Forks 18.70 cm. 60 grams

12 Luncheon / Dessert Spoons 18.80 cm. 61 grams

12 Dessert Knives - Mother of Pearl Handles and Gold Plated Blades 20.00 cm. 38 grams

  9 Dessert Knives - Sterling Blades 21.30 cm. 57 grams

12 Coffee / Teaspoons with Vermeil Bowls 13.70 cm. 26 grams

Odiot - 126pc. Antique 19th Century French 950 Sterling Silver Flatware Set + Storage Chest !
$36,056.00 CAD
$36,056.00 CAD

Odiot - 126pc. Antique 19th Century French 950 Sterling Silver Flatware Set + Storage Chest !

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