An exceptional 91 piece flatware set from Paris 1850's. There are 18, 5 piece place settings; a large spoon and fork, a demi-tasse spoon and two knives. One knife with the stronger steel blade, the other with silver blade. Included is one saupoudreuse, or large sugar sifter, a traditional French serving device for spreading powdered sugar on crepes and other desserts. This is a dessert service; although the generous sizes do not constrain use to dessert. This set is equally well suited to luncheon or dinner use. The set is comprised of .800 silver with gold plating. Condition is very good, gold plate barely worn over the past 150 odd years of service. The decoration is elegant, with shapely handles strapped for emphasis. The handle is tipped with acanthus leaf, beneath a cartouche enclosing floral bouquets at base and top. One side is monogrammed CA. The drop at back has a similar cartouche, a floral bouquet surrounded with rocailles and surmounted with a sweet little bird, facing away from us. Demure thing. Truly beautifully executed silver work. There is a softness about the flowers and the rocailles giving the design a more organic feel. Condition is very good over all. The set comes with presentation box and key.
Marks: All pieces marked with the Minerve 2nd titre, guarantee for .800 silver. The spoons and forks bear the punch of Denis Luneteau, 1853-1868. The knives punched with the mark of Lucien Louis Buclier, Paris 1886-1889. It is not unusual for silversmiths to work together in producing large orders of flatware. Would seem to indicated this service once part of a larger one.
Condition: As noted, very good. Minor wear to the gold in places.
Sizes: Spoons are 7.5" long, weigh 65 grams. Forks are 7 1/8" long, weigh 56 grams, demi-tasse spoons are 5.5", weigh 15 grams. The knives: steel bladed are 7.75, weight 27 grams ; silver bladed 7.5" weight 25 grams. Sugar sifter is 8.5" long, weight 55 grams.
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