Antique French sterling silver oyster fork set by Puiforcat in the sumptuous Louis XV pattern. The handles are richly decorate in fabulous Rococo styling, meticulously detailed in deep bas relief with C-scrolls and rocailles. Monogrammed en verso with interlaced initials JC or TC. Each fork is fully hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark used from 1838 to 1919, which depicts the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of 950/1000 (of 95% pure silver and a higher finesse than .925 sterling). Bearing silversmith marks for the prestigious firm of Emile Puiforcat. In overall good condition with general wear. The set is complete and housed in the the original presentation box with charming blue satin lined interior. Forks measure 5 1/4" length. Silver weighs 297 grams. The box measures 12 1/4" x 6 5/8" and shows wear commensurate with age.
Founded in 1820 by brothers Emile and Joseph-Marie Puiforcat, the firm soon established itself as a purveyor of fine quality silver tableware in various royal households. Well established and celebrated by the 1920's, the firm was at the forefront in design. The era was ushered in by grandson Jean-Emile Puiforcat, who is noted as the most important silver craftsmen of the Art Deco period. Paris, between the two World Wars, was the center of the art world and the timing of his entry into the world of decorative arts was fortuitous, given his exceptional designs. The close attention to detail and design in Puiforcat silverware allows it to stand alone as a benchmark of quality and beauty. The Puiforcat firm is still in existence today, having been acquired by Hermes in 1993. Today, Puiforcat's period and Deco pieces are highly prized for their handcraftmanship and styling.
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