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Exciting 3 piece flatware service for 12 people in Maison Odiot's sumptuous Renaissance pattern, Chateaubriand. Nearly impossible to find any pieces in this pattern, let alone a 36 piece set. Easy to understand why: this pattern is magnificent. The Renaissance design intricately fashioned with mascarons of both sides of the flatware pieces! A superb and beautiful female mascaron on one side, surrounded by exquisite foliate and fruit decoration. On the opposite side, a male, with Orientalist appearance, at the base of a large oval cartouche, and carrying further the foliate and fruit motif. On the stems find twining ivy, finely chased; the service ends are decorated with a stylized shell motif. And there is more! To top it all: there are no monograms on these pieces! Please see photos for dimensions and additional details. Each piece is marked with the French sterling guarantee, that is for .950 parts silver, and the maker's mark for Maison Odiot. Odiot is one of the most important names in French silver; so a few remarks on the history can help you appreciate further why you won't find people eager to sell their Odiot sterling.
Maison Odiot a Paris, founded in 1690, remains across 3 centuries the most revered creator of fine art in sterling silver. Founded in 1690 by Jean-Baptiste Odiot, commissions for major pieces and flatware services came from the Emporor, Napoleon Bonaparte, Pauline Borghese, and Thomas Jefferson. Jean-Baptiste passed the baton to his son, Charles Nicholas Odiot. Charles Nicholas continued the tradition of creating the finest sterling silver decorative arts. His work was appreciated by the French King, the Egyptian Viceroy and the Russian Tsar. Gustave Odiot, in turn, succeeded Charles Nicholas. Condition of this set is excellent.
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