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Odiot - Two Antique French 950 Round Louis XVI Serving Platters + Wraps

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Direct from Paris, two magnificent 19th century 950 sterling silver Louis XVI serving platters by the world's premier French silversmith “Jean-Baptiste Odiot”, includes two anti-tarnish wraps for easy storage, circa late 1870s.  Odiot, a name synonymous with exceptional French silver craftsmanship, has been an emblem of elegance and luxury for over three centuries. Renowned for their exquisite serving plates and platters, Odiot's legacy is intertwined with royal patronage, remarkable awards, and a commitment to unparalleled quality.

 The origins of the Odiot family business date back to the reign of Louis XV in 1690, founded by Jean-Baptiste Gaspard Odiot. However, it was Jean-Baptiste Claude Odiot, his grandson, who propelled the brand to international acclaim during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Under his leadership, Odiot became the silversmith to Emperor Napoleon I and was entrusted with crafting some of the most iconic pieces of that era.  The 19th century marked a golden age for Odiot, as they received numerous prestigious commissions, including the crafting of silverware for the Russian Imperial Court and the French royal family. Odiot's ability to adapt to changing tastes and styles, from Rococo to Neoclassical and later to Empire style, solidified their reputation as masters of their craft.

 Odiot's commitment to quality and craftsmanship is evident in every piece they create. The use of 950 sterling silver, a higher grade than the standard 925 sterling silver, underscores their dedication to excellence. This higher silver content not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also ensures durability and longevity.  The expertise of Odiot's craftsmen is also reflected in their ability to blend traditional methods with innovative techniques. This fusion allows them to preserve the heritage of silver-smithing while meeting contemporary demands. Each piece undergoes rigorous quality checks to ensure it meets Odiot's exacting standards, resulting in silverware that is not only beautiful but also of the highest quality.

 Odiot's exceptional craftsmanship has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades over the centuries. At the 1809 Exposition des Produits de l'Industrie Française, Jean-Baptiste Claude Odiot was awarded a gold medal for his remarkable silverware, solidifying his status as one of the leading silversmiths of his time.  The brand continued to garner acclaim throughout the 19th century, receiving medals at various international exhibitions. For instance, at the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris, Odiot was awarded the prestigious Grand Medal of Honor, further cementing their reputation for excellence. These accolades are a testament to Odiot's unwavering commitment to quality and innovation.  In addition to formal awards, Odiot has also received praise from critics and collectors alike. Their pieces are highly sought after by connoisseurs of fine silverware, and their works are frequently featured in prominent museums and collections around the world. This enduring recognition underscores the timeless appeal and superior craftsmanship of Odiot silverware.

 One of the defining aspects of Odiot's legacy is their association with royal and imperial courts. The patronage of Emperor Napoleon I was particularly significant, as it led to some of Odiot's most iconic creations. Among these is the Coronation Sword of Napoleon, an exquisite piece that exemplifies Odiot's mastery of silver craftsmanship.  Odiot's relationship with the French royal family extended beyond Napoleon I, with commissions from King Louis XVIII, Charles X, and Louis-Philippe. These commissions included elaborate table settings, centerpieces, and ceremonial objects, each crafted with the precision and artistry that Odiot is known for.  The Russian Imperial Court also recognized the excellence of Odiot silverware, leading to numerous commissions from Tsar Alexander I and subsequent Russian emperors. These pieces often featured intricate designs and opulent details, reflecting the grandeur of the Russian court.

 Among Odiot's most celebrated creations are their 950 sterling silver serving plates and platters. These pieces epitomize the brand's commitment to excellence and their ability to transform functional objects into works of art. Odiot's serving plates and platters are characterized by their intricate designs and meticulous attention to detail. Each piece is crafted to perfection, with ornate borders, engraved patterns, and often gilded accents. These elements not only enhance the visual appeal but also add a tactile quality that makes each piece a pleasure to use.  The design of Odiot's serving plates and platters often draws inspiration from historical styles, such as Rococo, Neoclassical, and Empire. This historical influence is combined with contemporary aesthetics, resulting in pieces that are both timeless and relevant. The ability to blend tradition with modernity is a hallmark of Odiot's design philosophy.  In addition to their aesthetic appeal, Odiot's serving plates and platters are also highly functional. The use of 950 sterling silver ensures durability, making these pieces suitable for both everyday use and special occasions. The craftsmanship involved in their creation ensures that each piece is perfectly balanced and practical to use.

 The legacy of Odiot is a testament to the enduring appeal of exceptional craftsmanship and timeless elegance. From their humble beginnings in the 17th century to their status as one of the world's leading silversmiths, Odiot has consistently upheld the highest standards of quality and artistry. Their association with royal courts, numerous awards, and accolades, and the creation of exquisite 950 sterling silver serving plates and platters all underscore their unparalleled expertise.  Odiot's ability to adapt to changing tastes while preserving the heritage of silversmithing has ensured their continued relevance in the modern era. Their pieces are not only functional objects but also works of art that reflect the pinnacle of French craftsmanship. As Odiot continues to create masterpieces that captivate and inspire, their legacy as the epitome of luxury and elegance in silverware remains firmly intact.

 These two magnificent round serving platters are stunning examples of the quality and craftsmanship for which the firm is internationally known. Platter #1 has a diameter of roughly 32.50 cm and inside diameter of approximately 21 cm. It weighs 1,085 grams. It is stamped with the French Government’s Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying 950 sterling silver; in addition to the M. Odiot's sterling silver hallmark and it stamped on the underside "Odiot a Paris 5671" It is in excellent condition. Platter #2 has a diameter of roughly 32.50 cm and inside diameter of approximately 21 cm. It weighs 1,104 grams. It is stamped with the French Government’s Head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying 950 sterling silver; in addition to the M. Odiot's sterling silver hallmark and it stamped on the underside "Odiot a Paris 5671" It is in excellent condition. You can’t go wrong buying quality.

Odiot - Two Antique French 950 Round Louis XVI Serving Platters + Wraps
$12,224.00 CAD
$12,224.00 CAD

Odiot - Two Antique French 950 Round Louis XVI Serving Platters + Wraps

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