Haute Orfèvrerie

Created by Maison Christofle in 1993Haute Orfèvrerie designates the silversmith's high-end collection and the workshop that manufactures it. The items of Haute Orfèvrerie are hand-made.
 

The collection offers contemporary creations or emblematic artefacts of the House reissuing. These exceptional items through their design, dimensions or specifications, are identified in the goldsmith production by a vintage stamp, indicating the year of their manufacture.

Made to order, each item is unique numbered and delivered with a certificate of authenticity.


Exceptional Know-How

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The Haute Orfèvrerie workshop is a repository of traditional goldsmithing techniques, such as hammer work, spinning, embossing, setting and polishing. The place has its own tools. Some belong to the silversmith who made them himself, others are transfered from generation to generation.

This workshop has two Meilleur Ouvrier de France in goldsmithing.

The Haute Orfèvrerie workshop is also a laboratory for technical experimentation. It is in this workshop that the models are developed. The model allows to apprehend the material reality of the item. It also determines the techniques and tools that are necessary for its realization. Today, depending on the case, Maison Christofle produces models using traditional techniques, or uses contemporary techniques such as scanning, modeling and 3D printing.

Contemporary techniques or traditional know-how, Haute Orfèvrerie's items are always highly desirable.

 

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Haute Orfèvrerie processHaute Orfèvrerie process

 

To create these sculptures, the artist Jean-François Gambino first carves the animal in clay, and once the sculpture is finished,

it is fired at high temperature then is used to create the Animal's Mold.

This mold is used to create the bear that is true to the artist's vision, next wax is cast into the mold.

The wax is heated to a high temperture and placed in a metal container to make a plaster cast. The silver is heated and flows into the plaster.

Once the animal is removed from the cast, it is polished and mounted on a marble base.


Small Size haute orfèvrerie

Continuing our collection of animal sculptures, Christofle offers a smaller version of magnificent sterling silver animals.

Rabbit small size Haute Orfèvrerie

Small Rabbit

Discover 3 versions of the Sterling Silver Rabbit
Bear small size Haute Orfèvrerie

Small Bear

The smaller version of Sterling Silver Bear
Tiger small size Haute Orfèvrerie

Small Tiger

The smaller version of Sterling Silver Sitting Tiger

 

SMALL RABBIT

In Chinese astrology, the signs are symbolized by animals. The rabbit represents intelligence, longevity and hopefulness. It is a responsible, agile and pleasant animal.

 

In honor of 2023 Chinese new year, Christofle proposes three sterling silver small rabbits.

Its character is illustrated sitting, standing and running, showing its great agility.

Small Sitting Rabbit Haute Orfèvrerie - ChristofleSmall Sitting Rabbit Haute Orfèvrerie - Christofle

SITTING RABBIT

Small Standing Rabbit Haute Orfèvrerie - ChristofleSmall Standing Rabbit Haute Orfèvrerie - Christofle

STANDING RABBIT

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AGILE RABBIT

They are designed by Jean-François GAMBINO whom collaborated with Christofle in 2016.


 

SMALL BEAR

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A symbol of loyalty, strength, and inner peace, the bear is an animal respected by all cultures.

 

Represented in sterling silver, the sculpture shows the bear in all it’s grace and tranquility.

 

It is also designed by famous artist Jean-François GAMBINO.

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SMALL TIGER

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Christofle renews its collaboration with the sculptor Allison Hawkes and enriches its animal collection of Haute Orfèvrerie with the Tiger small size.

The tiger, a symbol of power, has been represented by the artist in a seated position on an Emperador marble base. ​


Its finish, combining patina and mirror polish, perfectly highlights the coat and the powerful musculature of the animal. ​The sense of detail brought by the Master Goldsmiths makes this piece an exceptional sculpture. 

 

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Small bear Haute Orfèvrerie - The Dedicated BoxSmall bear Haute Orfèvrerie - The Dedicated Box

THE DEDICATED BOX

 

Each sterling silver Small Haute Orfèvrerie has it's own protective case, setting the scene for these exceptional pieces.


They are packaged in a black Haute Orfèvrerie box lined with anti-tarnish fabric and come with silversmith's gloves.

Small rabbit Haute Orfèvrerie - The Dedicated BoxSmall rabbit Haute Orfèvrerie - The Dedicated Box

Each sculpture is unique, and limited edition with only 99 sculptures in circulation.

Made in France, every sculpture comes signed, numbered and with a certificate of authenticity.

 

These products are not available online. For more information, please contact by phone or e-mail through our customer service form.

  • Bear Haute orfèvrerie - small size Bear small version in Sterling Silver
    New

    Ours

    Bear small version in Sterling Silver - Haute Orfèvrerie

    $10,600
    Available
  • Standing Rabbit in Sterling silver - Haute Orfèvrerie Standing Rabbit in Sterling Silver - Haute Orfèvrerie

    Lapin

    Standing Rabbit in Sterling Silver - Haute Orfèvrerie

    $7,100
    Available
  • Sitting Rabbit in Sterling silver - Haute Orfèvrerie Sitting Rabbit in Sterling Silver - Haute Orfèvrerie
    New

    Lapin

    Sitting Rabbit in Sterling Silver - Haute Orfèvrerie

    $7,100
    Available
  • Packshots/S2 2022 packshot products/HO TO GO - Lapin Agile/B03571115_F_wjfkxs Agile Rabbit in Sterling Silver - Haute Orfèvrerie
    New

    Lapin

    Agile Rabbit in Sterling Silver - Haute Orfèvrerie

    $7,100
    Available
  • Sitting Tiger Small Size Sterling Silver - Haute Orfèvrerie Sitting Tiger Small Size Sterling Silver - Haute Orfèvrerie

    Tigre

    Sitting Tiger Small Size Sterling Silver - Haute Orfèvrerie

    $8,550
    Unavailable

THE HALLMARKS

 

The pieces of Haute Orfèvrerie are marked with 3 hallmarks.

HallmarksHallmarks

Since 1838, the guarantee coin, also known as the title coin, which guaranteed the use of money, has had a minnow's head.

HallmarksHallmarks

This master stamp, also known as the maker's or silversmith's stamp, is unique to each silversmith and has been used since 1935 to secure silver coins.


HallmarksHallmarks

This mark, which is unique to Christofle, is placed only on the pieces of fine silverware and indicates the year of manufacture, since 1993. It allows the pieces to be dated.

It is presented in the form of an exchange with a letter indicating the century (B for the twentieth and C for the twenty-first century) surrounded by two numbers indicating the year.

Discover all the Haute Orfèvrerie pieces

  • 03500023_STQ_y6jkqc Hawk's head Silver plated with hood - Haute Orfèvrerie
    Limited edition

    Faucon

    Hawk's head Silver plated with hood - Haute Orfèvrerie

    $29,300
    Unavailable
  • 03500022_STQ_jw0xcr Hawk's head Silver plated without hood - Haute Orfèvrerie
    Limited edition

    Faucon

    Hawk's head Silver plated without hood - Haute Orfèvrerie

    $18,300
    Unavailable
  • 03571098__STQ_rrd9wq
    Limited edition

    Tigre

    Sitting tiger Sterling silver - Haute Orfèvrerie

    $73,000
    Unavailable
  • Products/03571299_1_bfqfkn Flatware set for 6 people (24 pieces) - Haute Orfèvrerie
    Limited edition

    MOOD

    MOOD Sterling Silver Limited Edition - Haute Orfèvrerie

    $119,500
    Unavailable

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