CULTURE 17th century French royal silver exhibition

CULTURE

17th century French royal silver exhibition

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15:44, November 12, 2018

A selection of exquisite silverware by Puiforcat is on display on the top floor of Maison Hermes in Shanghai. The Paris-based silversmith house presents some of their signature tableware, drinkware and vases, showing a mix styles of Baroque intricacy and Art Deco modernity. 

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Puiforcat — the Paris-based silversmith house presents some of their signature tableware, drinkware and vases, showing a mix styles of Baroque intricacy and Art Deco modernity. (Photo: Shine.cn)

Among the exhibits include the production of the exemplary “Anna of Austria” beaker, once owned by the French royal family and now collected in the Louvre. First made in 1645, the bespoke piece showcases the craftsmanship of the 17th-century French silversmith. Puiforcat replicated the chalice, featuring a mirror-polished interior and a gilded sterling silver appearance with voluted furrows and engraved flowers. 

The Regency tea and coffee sets reproduce the works by French silversmith Sebastien-Joseph Pronnier, which marked the house’s devotion to bespoken silverware making. The silver pieces are engraved with tree leaves and rocaille patterns. The tea pots boast beast-shaped spouts and wooden handles.

The Champagne collection, a collaboration with winemaker Bruno Paillard, features chunky shaped beakers that are said to well extol the aromas of the nectar, champagne buckets and other accessories.

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