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Orfevre Gallia - 7pc. Extremely Rare, Original French Art Nouveau Silver Plate Tea Set Including Serving Tray and “Carnation” hors-d'œuvre Serving Platter !

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Direct from Paris, a 7-piece extremely rare, original French Art Nouveau silver plate tea set including Serving Tray, circa late 1800s by Orfèvre Gallia, one of Frances premier silversmiths. The set includes a coffee pot, tea pot, sugar bowl, bonbon server, cream pitcher, rare hors-d'œuvre “Carnation” serving platter and large serving tray.  Orfèvre Gallia stands as a beacon of exquisite craftsmanship and timeless elegance in the world of French silver-smithing. With a history dating back over a century, this esteemed maison has garnered numerous awards and accolades, cementing its reputation for unparalleled quality and artistry.

Gallia, founded in 1885, was a collaborative endeavor between two distinguished names in the French decorative arts scene: Emile Gallé and Alphonse Mucha. Emile Gallé, renowned for his work in the Art Nouveau movement, while Alphonse Mucha, a prominent Czech artist, was celebrated for his contributions to the Art Nouveau poster design. This partnership brought together two giants in the Art Nouveau Style, each contributing their unique artistic sensibilities to the world of silver-smithing. The maison quickly distinguished itself through its dedication to superior craftsmanship and innovative design, earning the admiration of connoisseurs and collectors alike. Drawing inspiration from the rich traditions of French silver-smithing, Orfèvre Gallia infused its creations with a blend of timeless elegance and contemporary flair, setting new standards of excellence in the industry.

One of the notable accomplishments of Gallia during its early years was the development of a distinctive style that set it apart from other silversmith firms of the era. Gallia's pieces featured flowing, organic designs inspired by nature, which was a hallmark of Art Nouveau. This approach resonated with the evolving tastes of the time, and Gallia's creations became highly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs.    Orfèvre Gallia's association with the renowned silversmith Christofle further underscores its prominence in the world of French silver-smithing. Christofle, founded in 1830, shares Orfèvre Gallia's commitment to excellence and innovation, making it a natural partner for collaboration and mutual inspiration. Together, these two esteemed maisons have pushed the boundaries of artistic expression and craftsmanship, creating iconic pieces that have left an indelible mark on the world of silverware.

Throughout its storied history, Orfèvre Gallia has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and accolades, reaffirming its status as a preeminent authority in the world of silverware. From international exhibitions to renowned competitions, the maison's creations have consistently garnered acclaim for their exceptional quality, innovation, and artistry. These accolades serve as a testament to Orfèvre Gallia's unwavering commitment to excellence and its enduring legacy of craftsmanship.  One of the most prestigious recognitions came in 1900 when Gallia participated in the Exposition Universelle in Paris. The Exposition Universelle, a world's fair celebrating art and industry, was a platform for showcasing the best in design and craftsmanship from around the globe. Gallia received the Grand Prix, the highest honor, for its exceptional silverworks. 

Orfèvre Gallia's reputation for excellence has earned it the patronage of royalty and nobility from around the world. From exquisite tea sets to ornate tableware, the maison's creations have graced the tables of monarchs and dignitaries, symbolizing luxury, refinement, and sophistication. By royal appointment, Orfèvre Gallia has solidified its position as a purveyor of the finest silverware fit for royalty, further enhancing its prestige and legacy. Among Orfèvre Gallia's most celebrated creations are its stunning silver-plate tea sets, which epitomize the maison's mastery of the craft. Meticulously crafted from the finest materials, these tea sets are a harmonious blend of form and function, exuding elegance and sophistication with every detail. From intricately engraved motifs to exquisitely sculpted handles, each element is meticulously designed to elevate the tea-drinking experience to new heights of luxury and refinement.  This magnificent 7-piece tea set is a testament to the quality and craftsmanship of these two Art Nouveau legends. 

The coffee pot stands 21,50cm. in height to the top of the lid, 17.50cm. across from the tip of the spout to the end of the handle, 10.00cm. wide at its widest point and weights 797 grams.  It is stamped “Orfevre Gallia 4643” on the underside. The Sugar Bowl with gold plated interior stands 10.00cm. tall to the top of the lid, 15.50cm. across to the tips of the handles, 11.50cm. wide at its widest point and weights 444 grams.  It is stampled “Orfevre Gallia 4643” on the underside. The cream pitcher, also with gold plated interior is 9.00cm. in height to the top of the spout, 9.00cm. across from the tip of the spout to the outside of the handle, 7.00cm. wide at its widest point and weights 188 grams.  It is stamped “Orfevre Gallia 4643” on the underside. The candy serving dish with glass interior is roughly 14.00cm. tall to the top of the handle, 23.00cm. across to the outside of the handle, 17.00cm. wide at its widest point and weights 588 grams.  It is stampled “O.Gallia 4661” on the underside. The hors d’oeuvre serving platter measures 9.00cm. to the top of the handle, 29.50cm. in length, 20.00cm. wide at its widest point and weights 687 grams.  It is stamped “Orfevre Gallia” on the underside of the handle. The teapot stands 12.50cm. tall to the top of the lid, 20.50cm. across from the tip of the spout to the outside of the handle, 13.50cm. wide at its widest point and weights 691 grams. It is stampled “Orfevre Gallia 4643” on the underside. The large serving tray measures 66.00cm. in length to the tips of the handles, 41.00cm. wide at its widest point and weights in excess of 3,400 grams.  It is stampled “LXS” in the underside. All the pieces are in excellent condition, although there is some dimpling on the rare “Carnation” hors-d'œuvre serving platter.

Orfevre Gallia - 7pc. Extremely Rare, Original French Art Nouveau Silver Plate Tea Set Including Serving Tray and “Carnation” hors-d'œuvre Serving Platter !
$3,491.00 CAD
$3,491.00 CAD

Orfevre Gallia - 7pc. Extremely Rare, Original French Art Nouveau Silver Plate Tea Set Including Serving Tray and “Carnation” hors-d'œuvre Serving Platter !

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