Lovely a la Russe bonbon service from renowned master-smith Ernest Cardeilhac, active in Paris from 1854-1904. Generously coated with 18k gold, these .950 sterling silver pieces are all in excellent condition and they come in the original box, which is in great condition as well. The a la russe design is enhanced with a clever engraved diamond pattern on the handles, reminiscent of a jester's garb. A square divider separates the jester pattern from the tapered portion of the handles engraved with a herringbone design.The business ends of the pieces engraved on one side with an outer border of the herring bone design, an inner border of etched scallops. On the other side find a delicate floral and foliate engraving. The tongs graced with detailed lion's paws, with more meticulous detail vis. finely etched details. No effort spared in the execution of this set. The original box is covered with leather and lined with deep red satin and velvet. On the satin lining the Cardeilhac name in script above the tres fashionable 91 rue Rivoli address. Also on the leather top there is an embossed monogram: 'G.G.' None of the flatware pieces are monogrammed. An exquisite set, with which to impress your guests or honor a beloved friend or relative as a gift.
Dimensions: Box: 9.5" long, 6" wide (or front to back). Bonbon servers 4.5" long, spoons 4,25" long, fork 4.25" long and tongs 3.5" long. Combined weight is 96 grams.
Marks: Each piece bears the Minerve 1st titre, French guarantee for .950 sterling and the maker's punch for Ernest Cardeilhac. Cardeilhac was silversmith to Napoleon III and won numerous awards including, in 1889, a silver medal in the silversmith category and the Grand Prix in cutlery.
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