Exciting! An exquisite Tiffany Chrysanthemum ice cream or dessert service in the original box; it is complete, NO monograms and in mint condition. The Chrysanthemum pattern was designed by the renowned Tiffany silversmith, Charles T. Grosjean, and first offered in 1880. It is among Tiffany's most expensive, enduring, and popular patterns. Popular from the outset with Victorian high-society crowds, this Art Nouveau pattern also one of Tiffany's remains highly desirable and collectable. In addition to being especially heavy, in itself a French connection as French flatware is invariably much heavier than US and UK flatware, it is an expensive, labor intensive die-made pattern. It requires extensive hand finishing to produce. This is a set we may easily imagine a part of the original production of this most magnificent and heralded pattern. A set made expressly for the French market with several exceptional serving pieces. In France the table art approach to sterling silver flatware achieves renowned greatness; due I am told to the importance of the French table. It could certainly be argued that the French simply have an unusually well developed appreciation for art in all parts of life from the most daily, the most routine, to the most unusual. Among the outstanding features of this set: It contains a 'saupoudreuse', the sifting ladle designed to gently dust your crepes with powdered sugar! The saupoudreuse is an identifying or signature piece of French flatware services. Next we note the unusual size of the ice cream slice, 12" long, along with its uniquely large and uniquely shaped blade. The blade is up to 3" wide. One side has a thin flat edge for `slicing' into the ice cream, and a deep undulating `bowl' edged side with a depth of 1/2"-2/3". This design a practical solution to the problem of the ice cream portion sliding off the slice once separated from the larger portion of ice cream. The blade is delicately engraved with a floral foliate decoration comprised of long flowing tendril-like floral sprigs and leafy fronds. The serving sugar spoon is also large and has a winged bowl design. The set also contains a dozen individual spoons. Each piece is as close to perfect as possible; no flaws or imperfection. The only indication of use is perhaps some faint marks consistent with an occasional polishing. Each piece has its place in the original fitted box, lined with `Tiffany blue' silk, emblazoned in gold with the name Tiffany & Co and locations New York and Ave De L'Opera Paris. There is some wear on the outside of the box and some light soil on the silk. Dimensions: The sugar sifter is 7" long, the bowl 2.5" diameter and weighs 90 grams. The Sugar spoon is 9" long, 2 2/8' wide and weighs 133 grams. The ice cream slice is 12" long & 3" at the widest. The slice weighs 132 grams. The spoons are 6" long, 1.25" wide and weigh 42 grams. Combined silver weight is 859 grams. The original fitted box is 20" wide, 15" front to back and 2.5" thick or deep.
Marks: each spoon bears the maker's mark for Tiffany Sterling extant between 1873-1891 and the swan French import guarantee for large items.
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