Luc LANEL (1896-1966) & CHRISTOFLE: Beautiful silver-plated tray with rosewood handles, stamped



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Luc LANEL (1896-1966) designer & CHRISTOFLE editor: Beautiful tray in silver-plated brass with rosewood handles, stamped underneath with the two silversmith marks 'O.C.' and the Knight Chess.

From the 30's

Size: 56,5 x 41 cm - 22 1/4 x 16 1/8 in


Dominique FOREST: Luc and Marjolaine LANEL. Paris. Norma. 2005. Reproduced on p.38.

CHRISTOFLE Silversmith:
French silversmithy located in Paris. Created by Charles CHRISTOFLE (1805-1863) in 1830, an innovator who developed the techniques of electroplating and electroform (galvanopalstie), processes for which he bought the rights in 1842 and which eventually made him famous. CHRISTOFLE used artists who were sympathetic to the process. In 1852 his son Paul and nephew Henri Bouilhet took over the directorship of the firm. Bouilhet with chief designer Ernest Reiber, produced objects of Oriental inspiration, including pieces with cloisonné enameling and several novel processes including new stamping methods and galvanoplasty for mass producing large-scale architectural ornaments and statues in a single piece. technically, CHRISTOFLE was at the forefront, using techniques such as mechanical damascening and electromagnetic engraving. The terme 'christofle' has generically come to mean silverplating. King Louis-Philippe, Emperor Napoleon III, and his cousin Prince Joseph-Charles patronized CHRISTOFLE. Before 1890, CHRISTOFLE wares were in Louis XV and Louis XVI styles and occasionally japonisme. About the turn of the century, it produced flatware for Maxim's restaurant. The Art Nouveau style began to appear in its wares in the 1890s; after World War I, becoming more adventuresome, CHRISTOFLE began producing many art-deco models designed by Auguste Delaherche (1857-1940) and especially models in the 'style 1925', including those by Luc Lanel (1893-1965) for the 1935 oceanliner Normandie. Designers, in the Art Deco period, included Maurice Dufrêne, André Groult, Christian Fjerdingstad, Paul Follot, Luc Lanel, Gio Ponti, Louis Süe and André Mare. The enterprise is still managed by descendants of Henri Bouilhet.

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Henri BOUILHET: CHRISTOFLE, 150 ans d'orfèvrerie. Paris. Le Chêne. 1980.
Annelies KREKEL-AALBERSE: Art Nouveau and Art Déco Silver. New York. Abrams. 1989.

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