Steps of Vintage's Restoration
Once the pieces have been collected from brand lovers, Christofle proceeds with a restoration that respects the period and the life of the objects while preserving the traces of their history.
Selection of the pieces
It all starts with a selection of the proposed pieces.
They are carefully chosen, either because of their style, like the Delafosse Collection typical of the Art Nouveau period, or because of the richness of the history they tell, like the Atlas collection, which in its time equipped the floating palaces like the Normandie.
Authentication and quality control
This is followed by a work of authentication and quality control of the pieces within the Christofle factory:
Identification of the goldsmith's hallmark
Checking the quality of the silvering and the condition of the piece.
Le respect des normes sanitaires
Afin de garantir le respect des normes sanitaires en vigueur aujourd’hui, bien évidemment différentes de celles de l’époque de leur fabrication, des tests d’alimentarité sont systématiquement effectués sur un échantillon auprès d’un laboratoire indépendant.
Then begins the actual restoration carried out at the Christofle factory located in Yainville.
This is where all the expertise of the Christofle workshops' craftsmen is mobilized, as they work to restore the brilliance of each piece without altering it or changing its history.
It is a question of respecting this marvelous patina which makes all the soul of an old piece, while ensuring an exemplary restoration.
The next step is a rigorous cleaning to remove any microscopic dust that may have been left during the brightening process.
Le nettoyage des pièces
Intervient ensuite un nettoyage rigoureux destiné à débarrasser les pièces des poussières microscopiques qui auraient pu se déposer lors de l’étape d’avivage.
Reconstitution and reconditioning
Finally, for the cutlery, comes the stage of meticulous reconstitution of flatware sets from the collected pieces and recommendations of association between different collections.
All the pieces are then repackaged in a case on which you can find a Vintage label.