Nothing adds elegance to a dinner table like the soft shine of antique silver. Some of the finest pieces are those created in France, like the examples offered in Jasper52’s August 20 auction. From Puiforcat to Tetard Freres and more, the 84-lot selection features globally renowned names in the art of silver-making. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Whether you prefer a complete silverware service or a single iconic design like, perhaps, a bold candelabra, you can find what you’re looking for in this sale. Many pieces come with stellar provenance from a private mansion in Paris, like this superb 290-piece complete sterling silver flatware service for 24. In the Minerva-1 pattern and in like-new condition, the set is housed in its original custom-made storage chest. Wouldn’t it make a wonderful family heirloom for future generations of your own family?
The classic 20th-century set includes 24 dinner knives, forks, tablespoons, luncheon knives, luncheon dessert forks, luncheon dessert spoons, chop holders, fish nives, fish forks, teaspoons, coffee spoons, and mocha spoons, as well as a large serving spoon and large serving fork. A virtual treasure trove of heavy silver, the lot is estimated at $30,000-$36,000.
Whether you are drawn to ornate antique touches or a more modernist style, you won’t be disappointed. Also coming from the same private mansion in Paris, a three-piece platter set was hand-made by the internationally renowned silversmiths Boin-Taburet. Created in the 1890s from .950 sterling silver, it consists of two oval serving platters and a round platter, all bearing the French government’s Head of Minerva mark and other hallmarks. The pre-sale estimate is $10,000-$12,000.
Direct from a private residence near Monaco, an original 6-piece French Art Deco sterling silver tea service with tray was made by premier silversmiths Tetard Freres. The circa-1920 hallmarked set (including Head of Minerva) consists of a coffee pot, teapot, samovar (water fountain), sugar bowl with lid, and tray. The quality and design of this set are as close to perfection as any silver collector might ever see, and it has been extremely well cared for. The auction estimate is $22,000-$26,000.
You’ll discover an alluring assortment of motifs and techniques in this polished sale devoted exclusively to sophisticated French productions. As the most versatile of precious metals, silver stands as both the gleaming centerpiece of a tastefully decorated home, and French silver is in a class of its own.