The House of Puiforcat has been one of the most esteemed names in silversmithing since the mid-19th Century, when its founder Emile Puiforcat (1857-1927), the maker of this wonderful pair of decanters, established the company as a pre-eminent maker of luxury silverware. It was a reputation that would continue into the 20th Century when Emile’s son, Jean Puiforcat (1897-1945) would gain his reputation as one of the finest makers of Art Deco silverware.
These decanters date from the end of the 19th Century, at the height of the French Belle Epoque, and feature exquisite silver work and truly opulent detailing. Each is of typical claret jug form, with a silver neck and base and a glass body. The glass bodies of the jugs are extremely finely formed: decorated with acid-etched floral detailing and with twisted fluting around their necks.
The silver mounts are also very finely worked, showing intricate foliate motifs, including grape vines and acanthus leaves. Each jug has a scrolling acanthus-form handle and a hinged cover with a foliate finial.
These are a beautiful, timeless pair of decanters which display exceptional craftsmanship. Each decanter is fully hallmarked and also bears a maker’s mark for Emile Puiforcat.