A MASSIVE FRENCH SILVER FIVE-PIECE TEA AND COFFEE-SERVICE WITH A TRAY EN SUITE
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A MASSIVE FRENCH SILVER FIVE-PIECE TEA AND COFFEE-SERVICE WITH A TRAY EN SUITE

MARK OF ODIOT, PARIS, CIRCA 1850

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A MASSIVE FRENCH SILVER FIVE-PIECE TEA AND COFFEE-SERVICE WITH A TRAY EN SUITE
MARK OF ODIOT, PARIS, CIRCA 1850
Each piece with panel sides, the panels cast as putto in various pursuits within landscapes, comprising: a kettle, stand and lamp; a teapot; a hot-milk jug, each with ivory insulated handles; a sugar-bowl and cover; a slop bowl and a cream-jug, the tray oval, the handles capped with cast reclining putto, each piece marked underneath, on foot and near rim, further stamped 'ODIOT A PARIS' and numbered 2725, 2726, 4513, 4514, 4515, and 4516, with a cream jug made to match, marked underneath with spurious Odiot mark
the tray 32 5/8 in. (83 cm.) long
gross weight 722 oz. (22,477 gr.) (7)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 29 September 1999, lot 277.
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Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

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Lot Essay

MAISON ODIOT

While the Maison Odiot can trace its origins back to 1690, it was Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot, the grandson of the founder, Jean-Baptiste-Gaspard Odiot, who brought the firm to the attention of the world.

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 Emperor Napoleon's silversmiths ensuring the success of both firms.

Soon Odiot was receiving orders from the French court, including a service made for Napoleon's mother, styled 'Madame Mère', (Christie's London, 19 October 2005, lot 134) and as well as from across Europe and beyond. The Russian Imperial court's love affair with French silver, most famously realised in the service made for Catherine the Great from the Parisian silversmith Jacques Roettiers and his son Jacques-Nicolas Roettiers in 1770 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, the niece of Gregory Potemkin, (Christie's London, 12 June 2007, lots 120-122) and Count Nikolai Demidoff (Christie's London 5 July 2000, lots 2-3).

Odiot's work during this period is characterised by strong neoclassical forms, ornamented with cast figural elements, often 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, who continued to build on the firms success and to enhance their reputation and their list of Royal clients such as François d'Orleans, Prince de Joinville who purchased the magnificent centrepiece which Odiot had exhibited at the 1878 Paris Universal Exposition, (lots 251 and 252).

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