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.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Henri Bouilhet, 150 Ans D'Orfèvrerie: Christofle, Silversmith since 1830, p. 121, fig. 3 (an example of this model)
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.