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Odiot - Antique French 950 Sterling Silver and Chrystal Candy Serving Dish - 1880s

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Direct from a Chateaux in the South of France, A Magnificent 19th Century 950 Sterling Silver Candy "bonbon" Dish by the World's Premier French Silversmith Jean-Baptiste Odiot, An Ultra Luxurious Addition to any Stately Home, Absolutely Magnificent, - circa late 1800s.  Jean-Baptiste Odiot stands as one of the most distinguished silversmiths in French history, renowned for his exceptional craftsmanship and significant contributions to the art of silver-smithing. His workshop not only provided services to the aristocracy of Europe but also greatly influenced the styles and standards of silverware in the 19th century.

Born in Paris, Jean-Baptiste Odiot was destined to become a central figure in French decorative arts. After apprenticing under his grandfather, Jean-Baptiste Gaspard Odiot, he took over the family business in the late 18th century. His rise coincided with a turbulent period in French history, yet he managed to establish a flourishing enterprise.  Odiot's workshop quickly became one of the most prestigious in Paris, attracting a clientele that included nobility and later, during the Napoleonic era, the imperial family itself. His ability to blend artistic excellence with innovative techniques marked a new era in silver-smithing.

Odiot was known for his mastery of high-relief repoussé, chasing, and gilding, which allowed him to create pieces of remarkable detail and opulence. His work often featured motifs inspired by classical antiquity, aligning with the Empire style popularized during Napoleon's reign.  His  innovative approach to silver-smithing included the adoption of new techniques that enhanced the efficiency and aesthetic appeal of his products. His introduction of a mechanical rolling process allowed for more precise manipulation of silver, resulting in finer and more consistent products.

Odiot's craftsmanship was recognized at several important exhibitions. His works were showcased at the Exposition des produits de l'industrie française, where he consistently won medals, including gold medals in 1806 and 1823. These accolades not only affirmed his mastery but also solidified his reputation across Europe.  His contributions to the field were also recognized by his election to the Légion d’Honneur in 1825, an honor that acknowledged both his artistic talent and his impact on the French industry.

Odiot's most significant patron was Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who commissioned numerous pieces, including the spectacular cradle for the King of Rome, Napoleon’s son. This commission was not only a testament to Odiot’s skill but also an emblem of his connection to the highest echelons of power.  After the fall of Napoleon, Odiot continued to serve an elite clientele, including royalty across Europe. His ability to adapt to the changing tastes while maintaining high quality ensured that his workshop thrived.

Among Odiot’s most famous creations were his tableware pieces, like this magnificent candy serving dish, which were complete with intricately designed motives. Each piece showcased his ability to infuse practical items with artistic charm and elegance.  Odiot’s tableware pieces are considered masterpieces of the Empire style. They often featured motifs such as swans, sphinxes, and classical deities, reflecting the grandeur of the era. These pieces were not only luxurious but also exemplified the best of French craftsmanship, influencing silversmiths in France and beyond.

Jean-Baptiste Odiot’s legacy as a master silversmith is undeniable. Through his innovative techniques, commitment to excellence, and the patronage of the most powerful figures of his time, he shaped an era of French decorative arts. His works continue to be celebrated for their artistic and technical brilliance, standing as monuments to the golden age of French silversmithing. Odiot’s life and work exemplify how artistry and innovation can intersect, creating pieces that are both historically significant and enduringly beautiful. His impact on the craft ensures that his name remains synonymous with the finest in sterling silver craftsmanship, admired by collectors and connoisseurs around the world.  This amazing, intricately crafted Candy "bonbon" dish stands is a stunning example of the quality and craftsmanship for which Odiot is internationally known.  It stands roughly 11.50 cm. high, the glass dish has a diameter of approximately 20 cm. and the two pieces weigh 1,153 grams. The base is stamped with the French Government’s Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver in addition to “M. Odiot's” sterling silver hallmark. It is in "near new" condition. The 950 sterling silver base without the class dish weights 628 grams.

Odiot - Antique French 950 Sterling Silver and Chrystal Candy Serving Dish - 1880s
$6,435.00 CAD
$6,435.00 CAD

Odiot - Antique French 950 Sterling Silver and Chrystal Candy Serving Dish - 1880s

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