“Here we have a beautiful series of solid silver mocha spoons with the ruddy spoon. It is an Art Nouveau model made by Cardeilhac, a well-known goldsmith who was one of the greatest Houses.
This set is very atypical, composed of two series of six on which you can see a whole range of ornaments typical of Art Nouveau. The two-tone work between vermeil and silver is magnificent. These spoons have a very beautiful work of amatie, the flowers shine and the silver remains matt behind. It is also very interesting to observe that on the decoration of some spoons, we can see the beginnings of Art Deco. This set is a fine example of the transition between Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
The particularity of these spoons is their two-tone appearance.To ruddy some
parts of the piece, we apply wax with a brush on the part that should not be golden. To make these spoons, the goldsmith really went to the complexity. It is a very elaborate job, of great precision and which is hardly feasible any more nowadays or then at much higher prices. There was a time when in goldsmithing, quality took precedence over price. The important thing being to do better than its neighbor, the big Houses were fighting to achieve the best possible quality.
We are between the utility chic and the collector's item. This piece will obviously attract Art Nouveau collectors, Asian customers are particularly fond of.
Art Nouveau is between 1895 and 1910-1915. It is the First World War that will mark the end. Art Nouveau silverware is therefore very difficult to find because it is part of a very short period.
Personally, Art Nouveau is a period that I particularly like and that I collect. The pieces are very qualitative and hard to find. I kept these spoons for a while before deciding to sell them. In 20 years, this is only the second series like this that I find.
It is an object that can be very pleasant for Christmas, it is not a big price, around 600 €. "