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History

The Art of Living is truly an art. It’s the art of inventing a world, of simply finding joy in decorating a home, setting a table, sharing beautiful and delightfu things, and cultivating happiness in the present moment…Since 1830, Christofle, the Parisian silversmith, has devoted its talent to creating, with elegance and know-how, exceptional pieces for the table, sophisticated jewelry, and stunning home accessories and furniture. Beyond the excellence in silversmithing that forged the illustrious house’s reputation and success, Christofle’s research into shapes and a culture steeped in the rarest materials are what make our collections so singular. Quite simply, offering Christofle to others or oneself is to experience the art of Living at its most joyful.

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Know-how

For all of its work, Christofle relies entirely on handcraftsmanship using traditional techniques. In the hands of High Craftsmen and Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, precious specialized techniques such as spinning, planishing, chasing and engraving immortalize the qualities of excellence and elegance inherent in all Christofle prestige pieces. It is the irreplaceable know-how of the human hand perpetuated by highly qualified craftsmen and passed down from master to apprentice, which constitutes Christofle’s living heritage. Veritable “Living Treasures”, Christofle Master Silversmiths are the guardians of the house’s longevity and the quality of its know-how.

 
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Creations

Thanks to its creations in silver, Christofle is a symbol of luxury and elegance. Since its founding in the mid-19th century, it has been a continuous innovative force and has infused each era with a new art of living. Thus, over time, this prestigious company has revolutionized styles, techniques, and methods for the production and distribution of silver plate and decorative arts. A player in and privileged witness to the evolution of taste, customs, and traditions, Christofle has always seen its name associated with major creative trends, renowned artists, such as Man Ray or Jean Cocteau, avant-garde architects, such as Gio Ponti, and modernist silversmiths, such as Lino Sabattini and Christian Fjerdingstad, as well as present day designers such as Andrée Putman, Ora-Ïto, Eric Schmitt, Marcel Wanders, or Richard Orlinski. Today, as in the past, whether gracing the tables of emperors, princes, or maharajas, in palaces, on board the Trans-Siberian Railway, Orient Express, or transatlantic oceanliners, or in contemporary restaurants, Christofle continues to make an impression.