Exceptional set of 18K gold plated silver Renaissance style dessert knives circa mid to late 1800's, finely crafted by Parisian master silversmith Lucien-Louis Bouclier. Specializing in "Fantasie", this set by Bouclier exemplifies his gift of imagination! The strapped handles boast a magnificent cartouche at the base, framing a mascaron. The same knife style is featured in David Allen's book, "Le Couvert & la Coutellerie" (p.p. 54 & 55), where he describes the Mascarons as the head of Bacchus. At the upper end of the handle is a boar's head of great strength and ferocity. Descending from the boar's head cartouche we find foliage above a smaller circular cartouche. The blades are also gold plated silver and carry the knife maker's punch "TP". All parts marked with the Minerve 2nd titre for .800 parts silver, and maker's mark on the handles for Bouclier active in Paris from 1862-1889. This whimsical set of knives easily one of the finest I've encountered.
The knives are 8" long and 3/4" wide. Combined weight is 450 grams. Condition is very good to excellent. Usual signs of use only, most minor loss to the gilt in certain raised areas; also shown clearly in the photographs.
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