Late 19th century 164-piece silver flatware service by Henri Soufflot (active between 1884 and 1910). Fashioned in the Art nouveau style, the 164 pieces are adorned with scrolls, foliage motifs, branches and dragons. The cutlery service presents an openwork naturalist decoration, composed of reeds, waves, and fishes. The handles are monogrammed "WA".
The service comprises a full array of serving pieces as follows:
- 16 dinner spoons and 16 dinner forks
- 32 dinner knives with stainless steel blade, signed "Chenaillier/ H. Soufflot Succr."
- 14 flatware for entremets
- 18 entremet knives with stainless steel blade, signed "ChenaiIlier/ H.". Soufflot Succr."
- 13 fruit knives
- 13 teaspoons
- 2 stewing spoons
- 1 ladle
- 1 fish server
- 1 salad server
- 1 pierced sprinkler spoon
- 1 sugar tong
- 2 gilt salt shovels
- 1 gilt mustard spoon
Each utensil is housed in a custom-fitted chest, and hallmarked with several marks:
- Minerve mark Silver 1st title (after 1838)
- manufacturer mark "HS"
- Dinner and entremet knives are marked "Chenaillier/ H. Soufflot Succr.".
Weight: 12 490 gr.
The service is presented in a large rectangular oak box with brass fittings and four sliding display drawers. The lock is marked "H. Soufflot Orfèvre Paris", and the lid is centered with a shield marked "WA".
Dim: W: 20,9 in - D: 13,8in - H: 11,6in.
Dim: L:53cm, P:35cm, H:29,5cm.
The silverware is in very good condition, with small stains. The box is overall in very good condition, with light wear on the velvet and few small scratches in the wood consistent with age and use. With its key.