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    Sale 7614

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    24 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 97

    A FRENCH ELECTROPLATED AND CUT-GLASS CENTREPIECE

    BY CHRISTOFLE & CIE., PARIS, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH ELECTROPLATED AND CUT-GLASS CENTREPIECE
    BY CHRISTOFLE & CIE., PARIS, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Modelled with four putti supporting an oviform bowl with engraved laurel-leaf band, the naturalistic base centred to each side by a shield tablet, one engraved 6 AVRIL 1861/6 AVRIL 1886 and the other with an RB monogram, the underside numbered 1228730
    6½ in. (16.5 cm.) high; 22 in. (55.8 cm.) wide; 13 in. (33 cm.) deep


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    An identical centrepiece, stamped Christofle, sold as part of a table garniture at Christie's, New York, 28 October 2003, lot 67.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Charles Christofle (1805-1863) took over his brother-in-law's bijouterie-joaillerie 'Maison Calmette' and changed the name to 'Société Charles Christofle et Cie' in 1831. Following the invention of the techniques of electro-metallurgy by Elkington and Co, Christofle abandoned jewellery production and concentrated from 1844 on electroplating as well as on large works in solid silver.
    Christofle was thereafter granted the title of Fournisseur Officiel du Roi Louis-Philippe. In 1855, he became Fournisseur de l'Empereur (Napoleon III), supplying the numerous official palaces.