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French Antique Silver Service of Plates made in c.1890


A magnificent and extensive French first standard silver service of plates. All the plates are of shaped form, except the under plates which are circular and all the rims are embellished with a guilloche pattern,  in addition the centres are engraved with the coat of arms of Count and Countess Martignone of Milan, Italy.  

Date 1890
Made By Emile Puiforcat
Location France
Stock Number W161x19
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Maker: Emile Puiforcat

A magnificent and extensive French first standard silver service of plates.

French first standard silver has a millesimal fineness of 950 purity slightly higher that sterling which is 925.

All the plates are of shaped  form, except the under / charger plates  which are of circular form . The rims are embellished with a stunning guilloche pattern and the centres engraved with the Martignone coat of arms.

The service is comprised of:

24 Dinner Plates

24 Soup Plates

24 Under / Charger Plates

The whole service is made in c. 1890 by Emile Puiforcat of Paris  and is engraved with the coat of arms of Count and Countess Martignone of Milan, Italy.

They are all fitted into seven boxes.

Dimensions & Weights :

24 Dinner Plates,  9.75 inches, 24.6 cm ; weight 508 troy oz

24 Soup Plates , 9.75 inches , 24.6 cm; weight 508 troy oz.

24 Under/Charger circular  Plates , 11 inches , 28 cm; weight 640 troy oz.

Price for all 72 pieces is £93,300.

We would be prepared to split them into smaller quantities in units of 24 or 12 – for example 24 Dinner Plates -£27,500 ,  24 Soup Plates-£27,500,  24 Under/Charger Plates-£38,000

The quality and weight are as good as one would expect from such an important silversmith as Emile Puiforcat and the condition is superb.


Emile Puiforcat

The Parisian silversmith is regarded as one of the legendary names in European silver craftsmanship.

Founded in 1820 by the two brothers, Emile and Joseph-Marie Puiforcat, the manufactory soon established itself as a purveyor of silver tableware to various royal households.

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Delivery Charges:
For the UK £15.00
For Europe £30.00
For the rest of World £50.00
The charges are subject to change

About William Walter Antiques

At the heart of William Walter Antiques is our dedication to providing our customers with beautiful silver of supreme quality, which celebrates all that is precious about sterling silver. Customer service also being paramount, our long-standing, devoted staff team go above and beyond the call of duty for all our clients. We believe it is this combination of passion and commitment that has kept our customers with us for many years.

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