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Ravinet d'Enfert - 17 Art Deco Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Flatware Serving Pieces

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Direct from Paris the Birth place of Art Deco A Magnificent 17pc. Set of Gatsby Era 950 Sterling Silver Flatware Serving Pieces in Excellent Condition France's Premier Art Deco Silversmiths "Ravinet d'Enfert" and No Monograms, circa 1920s.  The Art Deco movement, prominent in the early 20th century, was characterized by its emphasis on modernism, luxury, and craftsmanship. Within this movement, the works of Ravinet d’Enfert, a distinguished French silversmith renowned for their exquisite Art Deco flatware sets, stand out as exemplars of the era's aesthetic and technical innovation.

The Art Deco movement emerged in the aftermath of World War I, flourishing throughout the 1920s and 1930s. It represented a break from the ornate styles of the past, such as Art Nouveau, embracing instead geometric shapes, sleek lines, and a focus on modern materials like glass, chrome, and steel. The movement encompassed various art forms, including architecture, fashion, visual arts, and decorative arts, with each discipline contributing to its distinctive aesthetic. Art Deco was not only a reflection of changing artistic tastes but also of broader societal shifts. It mirrored the optimism and dynamism of the post-war period, as well as the increasing industrialization and urbanization of the Western world. Moreover, it served as a symbol of luxury and sophistication, appealing to the wealthy elite who sought to display their status through elegant and innovative design.

Ravinet d’Enfert, comprised of partners Charles Ravinet and Charles D’Enfert, was a leading figure in the world of French silver-smithing during the Art Deco era. Founded in Paris in the early 20th century, the firm quickly gained renown for its exquisite craftsmanship and avant-garde designs. Ravinet d’Enfert's creations epitomized the principles of Art Deco, featuring bold geometric patterns, streamlined forms, and luxurious materials. The partnership between Ravinet and d’Enfert was instrumental in the success of their enterprise. Both craftsmen brought complementary skills to the table, with Ravinet's expertise lying in design and aesthetics, while d’Enfert excelled in the technical aspects of silver-smithing. Together, they forged a collaborative partnership that allowed them to push the boundaries of their craft and produce works of unparalleled beauty and innovation.

One measure of Ravinet d’Enfert's prestige and reputation was the patronage it received from royalty and aristocracy. Members of European royal families, as well as wealthy industrialists and socialites, coveted the firm's creations for their palaces, mansions, and personal collections. The endorsement of such influential clients not only boosted the firm's profile but also underscored the exceptional quality and desirability of its products. Among Ravinet d’Enfert's notable royal patrons was Queen Marie of Romania, who commissioned several pieces for her residence in Bucharest. The firm also received commissions from other European monarchs, including King Alfonso XIII of Spain and King Gustaf V of Sweden, further solidifying its status as a purveyor of choice for the elite.

In addition to royal patronage, Ravinet d’Enfert counted numerous celebrities and tastemakers among its clientele. From Hollywood stars to prominent artists and intellectuals, the firm's creations found favor with individuals who appreciated the marriage of artistry and functionality embodied in Art Deco design.

The exceptional quality of Ravinet d’Enfert's work was acknowledged through numerous awards and accolades. The firm participated in prestigious exhibitions and competitions, where its pieces consistently garnered praise from critics and connoisseurs alike. These accolades served as a testament to the mastery of craftsmanship and innovation displayed by Ravinet d’Enfert's artisans.  One of the most significant honors bestowed upon the firm was the Grand Prix at the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris. This event, which gave rise to the term "Art Deco," showcased the best examples of contemporary design from around the world. Ravinet d’Enfert's victory in this highly competitive arena cemented its reputation as a leading exponent of the movement.

In addition to international recognition, Ravinet d’Enfert received accolades from professional associations and guilds within the silver-smithing community. These awards not only affirmed the firm's position within the industry but also served as a source of pride for its craftsmen, who took great satisfaction in their contribution to the art form.

At the heart of Ravinet d’Enfert's success lay its unwavering commitment to quality and craftsmanship. Each piece produced by the firm was a testament to the skill and dedication of its artisans, who employed traditional techniques alongside modern innovations to achieve unparalleled levels of excellence.  Central to Ravinet d’Enfert's approach was a reverence for materials and a meticulous attention to detail. Silver, the primary medium of the firm's creations, was transformed into objects of beauty through a combination of forging, chasing, and engraving techniques. The result was not merely utilitarian objects but works of art that transcended their functional purpose. The firm's designs were characterized by their striking aesthetic and innovative use of form. Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as ancient civilizations, modern machinery, and natural forms, Ravinet d’Enfert's artisans created pieces that were both timeless and contemporary. Whether in the clean lines of a cocktail shaker or the intricate filigree of a serving tray, each design bore the unmistakable stamp of Art Deco elegance.

Equally noteworthy was the practicality and functionality inherent in Ravinet d’Enfert's designs. While many Art Deco objects were admired for their visual appeal, they were also intended to be used and enjoyed in everyday life. Ravinet d’Enfert struck a delicate balance between form and function, ensuring that its flatware sets were not only aesthetically pleasing but also eminently practical.  Despite the passage of time, the allure of Ravinet d’Enfert's Art Deco flatware sets endures. Revered for their timeless elegance and impeccable craftsmanship, these pieces continue to captivate collectors and connoisseurs alike. Today, Ravinet d’Enfert flatware sets are sought after as prized heirlooms and cherished additions to fine dining collections.

The enduring popularity of Ravinet d’Enfert's Art Deco flatware sets can be attributed to several factors. Firstly, their timeless design aesthetic transcends the boundaries of passing trends, ensuring their relevance across generations. Secondly, the exceptional quality of craftsmanship imbues these pieces with a sense of luxury and prestige, making them highly desirable among discerning collectors. Lastly, the historical significance of Ravinet d’Enfert as a pioneering figure in the Art Deco movement adds to the intrinsic value of its flatware sets, elevating them to iconic status within the realm of decorative arts.

This magnificent set of 17 flatware serving pieces is in near new condition and is a stunning example of the excellence of workmanship and quality for which the firm was known. Each piece in this magnificent set bears the French Government's Head of the Minerva 1 Hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver in addition to the Ravinet d'Enfert sterling silver manufacturer's hallmark and includes the following (all weights and measures approximate):

1 Large Serving Spoon 25.00 cm. 137 grams

1 Salad Serving Fork 25.00 cm. 120 grams

1 Salad Serving Spoon 25.00 cm. 112 grams

1 Fish Serving Fork 22.50 cm. 124 grams

1 Fish Serving Knife 26.50 cm. 135 grams

1 Meat Serving Fork 27.20 cm. 143 grams

1 Meat Serving Knife - Stainless Steel Blade 29.20 cm. 113 grams

1 Large Soup / Stew Serving Ladle 31.30 cm. 236 grams

1 Ice Cream Scoop 23.50 cm. 120 grams

1 Cake / Pie Serving Knife 27.50 cm. 134 grams

1 Sauce Serving Ladle 23.00 cm. 94 grams

1 Berry Serving Spoon 15.80 cm. 45 grams

1 Gravy Serving Ladle 17.00 cm. 80 grams

1 Dainty "bonbon" Serving Knives 15.70 cm. 80 grams

1 Dainty "bonbon" Serving Fork 13.70 cm. 27 grams

1 Dainty "bonbon" Server 13.00 cm. 31 grams

1 Olive Serving Spoon 13.70 cm. 29 grams

Ravinet d'Enfert - 17 Art Deco Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Flatware Serving Pieces
$7,116.00 CAD
$7,116.00 CAD

Ravinet d'Enfert - 17 Art Deco Antique French 950 Sterling Silver Flatware Serving Pieces

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