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The silversmith choice for the French Royal family, the ho use
of Christofl e has epitomised lu xu r y an d elega nce since its inception .
Foun ded in 1830 by jeweller Charles Christofl e, the silver ware
man ufacturer pion eered new produ ction techniques to be at the
forefro nt of the deco rative ar ts. This silver tea set, pro duced in Paris
circa 1880, comprises a tea pot, coffee pot, hot-wate r kettle, milk an d
sugar vessels, and tray. Truly fine dining at its best.
Beautiful and functional, this Victorian chiffonier
features original handmade arched glass, and two solid
wood drawers. A durable hardwood often used for fine
furniture, the beautiful grain and deep red-brown colour
of antique mahogany exudes warmth and richness.
The top hat was an o utfit staple for the self-assu red man in the late 18th
to early 20th centuries. Commonly known as beaver hats – the upper
class wo re hats made of felted beaver fu r – the fashion able accesso r y
tran sitio ned into a symbol of u rban respectability when wo rn by Prince
Albert (1819-1861, the husband of Queen Victoria) in the 1850s.
This Fren ch gentleman’s top hat, made from the fi nest silk, was design ed
to be fl atte ned – a practical featu re making it easier to rest on the lap
when riding in a carriage or going to the theatre.
SILVER TEA SET
France, c1890, walnut, Paris, c1880, silver,
$5500, Subiaco Antiques & Fine Jewellery
(08) 9388 8333, subiacoantiques.com.au.
GENTLEMAN’S TOP HAT
France, silk, $295, Subiaco Antiques
& Fine Jewellery (08) 9388 8333,
Britain, 1860, mahogany, $3400,
Antique Warehouse 1300 750
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