Another French treasure to show you here. Antique Christofle knife rests from the end of the 19th century, with a Fleur de Lys pattern. A rare quantity of 14 this time, available in 8 and 6 piece sets. They will be perfect for saving your precious table linens from getting soiled. Shown here as a table setting with Royal Albert Friendship Daffodil China and Le Jacquard Français table linen. Resting on this knife rest is my Gero Zilmeta 528 Menuet flatware.
Can you imagine that in 1883 Christofle did equip the Orient Express with their silver ware? What a luxury life for the Avant Garde... And in 1898 they equiped the Ritz Paris with fine silver ware. In 1935 Christofle realized 45,000 pieces designed by Luc Lanel for the Luxury Liner Normandie. That was a cruise ship like the Titanic... what a dream life for the upper class! Those Luc Lanel pieces I also have shown 11 Vintage French Christofle Luc Lanel 'Ondulation' Knife Rests. For the history that I mentioned above, you can go to: Christofle CHRONOLOGIE and if you click on the corresponding year, the picture will come up. The very first image is that of 1830 where Charles Christofle is shown. That name is used in the oldest hall mark for the silver and silver plated items by placing a C to the left and to the right of a scale. This set is one from that era. The Christofle knife rests are available at my Zen Cart powered on line boutique: Mariette's Back to Basics. I'm very proud of my all new Zen Cart website which makes it a snap for buyers as the shipping is all pre-calculated by weight. It was quite a task for putting that all in, but we hope it will work fine now for domestic and for international buyers alike.
From the book Christofle by David Rosenberg you also can learn about the above mentioned history. It is shown in the blog with the Luc Lanel design, link is above. Beside this post I will list the book from Amazon.com.
Photos were taken on March 9, hence the paperwhite narcissus...
It is shown here on page 21 from the Christofle 1842-1883 catalogue, as number 3364 Porte-couteaux ferrure.
I received this copy from a friendly Frenchman! Wish I had the entire catalogue...
Left you see the old hall mark in a diamond shape with a bee below, a C (for Charles Christofle) to the left and to the right, a scale in-between with stars above. Separately in block letters the word Christofle.
Rather hard to capture... you cannot get near the hallmark with your camera because of the four Fleur de Lys.
Owning such a piece does cover quite some history.
This Maker's Mark is from the 2nd half of the 19th century.
Fourteen of them and some do have the hall mark to the right.
Today, as in the past, whether gracing the tables of emperors, princes or maharajas, in palaces, on board the Trans-Siberian Railway, Orient Express or transatlantic ocean liners or in contemprary restaurants, Christofle continues to make an impression.