EMPEROR NAPOLEON III: A FRENCH SILVER-PLATED TWO-HANDLED TRAY, CHRISTOFLE & CIE, PARIS, CIRCA 1854
EMPEROR NAPOLEON III: A FRENCH SILVER-PLATED TWO-HANDLED TRAY, CHRISTOFLE & CIE, PARIS, CIRCA 1854
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EMPEROR NAPOLEON III: A FRENCH SILVER-PLATED TWO-HANDLED TRAY, CHRISTOFLE & CIE, PARIS, CIRCA 1854

Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 USD

EMPEROR NAPOLEON III: A FRENCH SILVER-PLATED TWO-HANDLED TRAY, CHRISTOFLE & CIE, PARIS, CIRCA 1854

Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 USD

Lot Details

Description

EMPEROR NAPOLEON III: A FRENCH SILVER-PLATED TWO-HANDLED TRAY, CHRISTOFLE & CIE, PARIS, CIRCA 1854


the surface with the Imperial arms within a wreath of laurel and oak, flanked by the crowned cypher N, all on a bed of bees and surrounded by running ivy

marked under rim and numbered 328914 and 2 2 9 in lozenges

length over handles 29¼ in.

74.3 cm

Condition Report

Plating rubbed at high spots and on base of tray, several dents to base of tray including a cluster of dents at the rim near one handle.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

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Cataloguing

Literature

Henri Bouilhet, 150 Ans D'Orfèvrerie: Christofle, Silversmith since 1830, p. 121, fig. 3 (an example of this model)

Catalogue Note

In 1853 Emperor Napoleon III commissioned from Christofle a silver-plated table service for 100 persons. Designed by sculptor François Gilbert, then working for Christofle, most of the service was lost when the Tuileries was burned in 1871.

Style: Silver, Ceramics, Furniture
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