Antique French 1819 sterling silver 31pc dinner sized flatware set, "Filet" style to the handles, all in their original chest. (note: ladle has same monogram, but a Miinerve #1, so has been made after 1838 to match the service, a replacement).
Silversmith: Louis-Nicolas Alban, 1834-1840, (Elysa Roquelin veuve Louis-Nicolas Alban, 1840-1842, successor). Veillard (old man, or Michelange mark) #1, used between 1819-1838. SET IS c.1819
RARE set from the Bourbon Restoration (Restauration) era in French history, (1815-1830) and early at that. King Louis XVIII returned after exile during the Napoleonic years, to a welcoming by the elites of Paris on 3, May, 1814, and proceeded to try to return a post-Revolutionary and Post-Empire France to the rule of Kings. A brilliantly interesting period in history you will want to study if you become the next owner of this exquisite set.
"The commerce in luxury goods had suffered greatly during the Revolution, as the chief buyers, the aristocracy, had been driven into exile. Their return during the Restoration and especially the rapid growth of the number of wealthy Parisians revived the business in jewelry, furniture, fine clothing, watches and other luxury products. The finest shops of Paris were lined up along the Rue Saint-Honoré. The most prominent fashion designer was LeRoy, whose clients included the Duchess of Angloulème and other aristocrats. At the beginning of the Restoration he removed the stone carving of the bees, the emblem of Napoleon, from the facade of his shop,and replaced them with the fleur-des-lys, the emblem of the Bourbons. " (quote: Wikipedia)
Offering here a most spectacular and early set of finest French sterling silver flatware for the dinner service (extra large pieces) and tea/dessert spoons, soup ladle, all in the original box. We know this set was made in 1819 because that is the final year this silversmith (see marks) worked, and the French control mark of an old man's profile (Veillard) who has a look of Michelangelo, is that used from 1819-1838 (please note: the ladle has same monogram, but a Miinerve #1, so has been made after 1838 to match the service, a replacement). One can only imagine the household in Paris from which this set has come to us so beautifully preserved in full. Ordinarily we find only bits and pieces of sets this early. Those that survived wars, financial reasons to melt, or being parted out to heirs through generations can usually only be found in a few matching pieces here or there from this early era. I collect them, and know. I have had only one other full set in all my 30+ years of collecting, dealing. These are rare! As you might know, knives were never paired or made with the silver pieces, and in tradition, were never given as a gift, as opposed to the tradition of silver being a wedding gift. The symbolic gesture of giving a knife was indication of a cutting or severing of a relationship, you see, and of course never built into the set with the silver. This is why you must purchase knives separately from the silver flatware, and why we show you this set in the final image alongside a knife and the cutlery meat service from another period set we have: fabulous boxed set of the knives that would have been used alongside this era's silver flatware (menagere). They are, as then, sold separately. Ask us to help you locate them if you're having trouble, please.
Very good to excellent for age and type. This set is highly polished, a professional silversmith's presentation and ready for your table. The pieces are very heavy (dinner service, not small like the entremet service pieces - note the measurements and weights which we've put directly onto the photos for your review. The ladle is Very RARE to find from this era, as well as are the matching 12-piece dessert spoons in the set. All have the same monogram and are all original, noted by the same monogram on the box cartouche. Well treasured, the style is referred to as "Filet" for the paddle-like handle popular in its time. The sharpened pointed spoons are also typical of this era and remain just beautifully preserved as you can see. Lots of photos showing detail, important marks. Please review those. Exact weight noted on photos. But this set is 12 lbs for shipment. A very heavy and stunning old set!
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