• The Manolo March Collection Fr auction at Christies

    Sale 7817

    The Manolo March Collection From Son Galcerán, Mallorca

    28 - 29 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 102

    A FRENCH EMPIRE SILVER TUREEN AND COVER

    MARK OF JEAN-CLAUDE-BAPTISTE ODIOT, PARIS, 1809-1819

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH EMPIRE SILVER TUREEN AND COVER
    MARK OF JEAN-CLAUDE-BAPTISTE ODIOT, PARIS, 1809-1819
    Shallow circular on pedestal with conforming plinth on four lion's paw feet, with two swan handles, the rim with an applied band of foliage, (some lacking), later engraved with initial E below the Spanish Royal crown, marked under base, on body and inside cover
    14¼ in. (36 cm.) wide
    135 oz. (4,196 gr.)
    The initial is that of Princess Eulalia (1864-1958), daughter of the Infanta and grandaughter of Queen Isabel II of Spain (r.1833-1865). Following the revoluation of 1868 she and her family moved to Paris until her brother was restored to the throne as King Alfonso XII in 1874.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot (1763-1850)

    While the Maison Odiot can trace its origins back to 1690, it was not until Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot, the grandson of the founder Jean-Baptiste-Gaspard Odiot that the firm came to prominence. Born in 1763 and becoming a master in 1785, Odiot succeeded his father in the business, steadily building the firm's reputation, coming to a particular notice following the Exposition de l'industrie held in Paris in 1802. Following the bankruptcy, in 1809, of the celebrated neoclassical silversmith Henry Auguste, who at the time was the silversmith to Emperor Napoleon, Odiot was able to purchase many of his models and designs. Odiot, along with Martin-Guillaume Biennais, soon replaced Auguste as the Napoleon's silversmiths ensuring the success of both firms.

    Odiot provided silver not only for the French court, such as a service made for Napoleon's mother, styled 'Madame Mére', (Christie's London, 19 October 2005, lot 134), but also across Europe and beyond. The Russian's Imperial court's love affair with French silver, most famously realised in the service made in 1770 for Catherine the Great from the Parisian silversmith Jacques Roettiers and his son Jacques-Nicolas and subsequently presented to her lover Count Gregory Orloff (Christie's New York, 19 April 2002, lot 74) continued with commissions from the Russian court to Odiot. Among these important commissions were a massive service for Countess Branicki and Count Nikolai Demidoff.

    Odiot's work during this period is characterised by strong neoclassical forms, ornamented with cast figural elements, attached not by the traditional soldering but with the use of bolts and rivets, a method he inherited from his collaboration with the bronzier Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843). Having survived the French Empire as well as the Bourbon monarchy, Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot retired in 1823 passing the business to his son Charles-Nicolas.