Offering you this time some very rare and excellent antique Christofle knife rests with 4 balls and circle in the center. They are dating from the 2nd half of the 19th century and have the exact same silver mark as the 1862 Christofle Sugar Sifter Spoon 'Filet Violon' which I posted on August 11. Both markings do show the initials C C for Charles Christofle surrounding the image of a scale and a bee below, surmounted by two stars. Poor Charles died at the age of 58, only 5 years after Emperor Napoleon III appointed Charles Christofle official purveyor to the court. You can read about the Christofle HERITAGE. These rare Christofle knife rests are again available at my Zen Cart powered on line boutique: Mariette's Back to Basics.
Table setting here with my French Gien Rose earthenware. This is sometimes available at Replacements Ltd. Gien France has been producing faience for almost 200 years. Read more info about this very special earthenware: Gien France. Le Jacquard Français tablecloth and again my own flatware from Gero Zilmeta Menuet 528.
This photo shows a detail of the 4 balls, like ball feet and also the circle in the center.
A closeup of the silver plate hall mark.
Detail from my 1862 Sugar Sifter Spoon with the very same hall mark but now more visible. It is very hard to capture a closeup next to those protruding balls... You now can see the initials C C and the scale with a bee below and surmounted by two stars. Clearly the 2nd half of the 19th century hall mark.
My Christofle book by David Rosenberg
Indeed, Christofle is still a symbol of luxury and elegance. Since its founding in the mid-19th century. Today as in the past, it has been gracing the tables of emperors, princes, or maharajas, in palaces, on board the Trans-Siberian Railway, Orient Express, or transatlantic ocean liners, or in contemporary restaurants, Christofle continues to make an impression. This great book is available at: Amazon.com.