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Odiot - 17pc Napoleon III Gold Plated Sterling Silver (Vermeil) Decanter Serving Set. MAGNIFICENT !

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Direct from a Private Chateau in the South of France, A Magnificent 17pc. 19th Century Gold Plated 950 Sterling Silver (Vermeil) Napoleon III Liqueur Serving Set by the World's Premier French Silversmith Jean-Baptiste Odiot, circa late 1890s.  The history of French silversmithing is replete with renowned artisans and firms that have left an indelible mark on the world of decorative arts. Among these luminaries, the name Odiot shines brightly, synonymous with exquisite craftsmanship, innovative design, and royal patronage. Established in the late 18th century, Odiot has consistently upheld a tradition of excellence, particularly in the realm of Vermeil, elevating the art of silversmithing to new heights.

The story of Odiot begins in 1760 when Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot founded the eponymous firm in Paris. Born into a family of silversmiths, Odiot inherited a passion for the craft and a commitment to uncompromising quality. Under his stewardship, the Odiot workshop quickly gained renown for its exceptional silverware, drawing the admiration of aristocrats and royalty alike.  Jean-Baptiste-Claude's dedication to innovation and artistic expression set the stage for Odiot's enduring success. His designs blended classical elegance with contemporary flair, earning the patronage of discerning clients across Europe. As the French Revolution dawned, Odiot navigated turbulent times with resilience, adapting to changing tastes and political upheaval.

Central to Odiot's legacy is its mastery of Vermeil, a technique that fuses sterling silver with a layer of gold. This meticulous process requires precision and skill, as artisans meticulously apply gold leaf to silver surfaces, creating a lustrous sheen that epitomizes luxury.  Odiot's Vermeil creations represent the pinnacle of silversmithing artistry. Each piece bears the hallmark of exceptional craftsmanship, from intricately chased motifs to exquisitely sculpted forms. Whether crafting ornate tableware, dazzling candelabras, or opulent objets d'art, Odiot's dedication to perfection shines through in every detail.  The firm's commitment to Vermeil extends beyond mere aesthetics; it symbolizes a tradition of excellence passed down through generations. Odiot artisans continue to uphold the highest standards, ensuring that each Vermeil masterpiece retains its timeless allure and inherent value.

Throughout its illustrious history, Odiot has garnered numerous awards and accolades, affirming its status as a preeminent force in the world of decorative arts. From prestigious exhibitions to coveted industry honors, the firm's achievements reflect its unwavering commitment to excellence.  One of Odiot's crowning achievements came in 1809 when the firm received the prestigious title of "Fournisseur Breveté de l'Empereur" (Official Supplier to the Emperor) from Napoleon Bonaparte himself. This royal endorsement cemented Odiot's reputation as a purveyor of unparalleled luxury, attracting a discerning clientele from the highest echelons of society.  Perhaps the most illustrious aspect of Odiot's legacy is its enduring relationship with royalty. From the courts of Europe to distant monarchies, Odiot's creations have graced the tables and palaces of kings and queens throughout history.

Among Odiot's esteemed patrons was Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, who commissioned lavish tableware and decorative pieces for the Imperial Court, like this amazing 17-piece vermeil liquor serving set. The exquisite craftsmanship and opulent designs of Odiot's creations perfectly complemented the splendor of Napoleonic France, earning the firm favor and prestige.  Odiot's royal connections extended far beyond France, with monarchs and nobles from across Europe seeking out the firm's unrivaled expertise. From the Russian Tsars to the British Royals, Odiot's silverware adorned the grandest tables and salons of the continent, a testament to its universal appeal and enduring allure.

As the centuries have passed, Odiot's legacy has only grown in stature, transcending the confines of time and fashion. The firm's contributions to the art of silversmithing are celebrated in museums and collections around the world, serving as a testament to its enduring influence and lasting impact.  Odiot's commitment to innovation and artistic excellence continues to inspire contemporary artisans and collectors alike. From traditional craftsmanship to avant-garde design, the firm's timeless aesthetic remains as relevant today as it was centuries ago, a testament to the enduring power of beauty and craftsmanship. From its humble beginnings in 18th-century Paris to its status as a global icon of luxury, the firm has remained true to its founding principles of excellence and innovation. Through its mastery of Vermeil, its accolades and awards, its royal patronage, and its enduring accomplishments, Odiot has left an indelible mark on the world of decorative arts, a shining example of the enduring power of creativity and craftsmanship.

This amazing serving set consists of: 4 Decanters with Vermeil Base and Vermeil Bobbin, 12 Vermeil Shot Glasses and Serving Platter with Vermeil Border and Decanter Holders.  Each of the 4 decanters with vermeil base and bobbin, measures roughly 22.50cm. in height, is 7.50cm. across at its widest point and they have an average weight of 485 grams. Each is also stamped on the underside “Mon. Odiot, Prevost & Cie 5014” and each bears the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver in addition to the  "Odiot Prevost" sterling silver manufacturer's hallmark.  Each of the 12 vermeil shot glasses with glass inserts (1 glass insert is missing) is stamped on the underside “Mon. Odiot” and is stamped with  the "Odiot, Prevost & Cie" manufacturers sterling silver hallmark as well as the French Government’s Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver.  Each measures approximately 5.00cm. high, is 5.50cm. across to the end of the handle and weights 56 grams. The Serving Platter with vermeil (gold plated 950 sterling silver) border, decanter holders and serving handles; is stamped on the lower border “Mon. Odiot, Prevost & Cie 5014”. It is also stamped with the "Odiot / Prevost & Cie" manufacturer's sterling silver hallmark as well the French Government’s Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver. It measures approximately 47.00cm. in length to the end of the handles, 33.00cm. across at its widest point and weights 3,806 grams without the decanters and shot glasses and 6,413 grams with the decanters and the shot glasses.

Odiot - 17pc Napoleon III Gold Plated Sterling Silver (Vermeil) Decanter Serving Set. MAGNIFICENT !
$31,324.00 CAD
$31,324.00 CAD

Odiot - 17pc Napoleon III Gold Plated Sterling Silver (Vermeil) Decanter Serving Set. MAGNIFICENT !

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