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"Francis I" Coffee and Tea Set by Reed & Barton

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An incredible, ornate silver Francis I tea and coffee service crafted by Reed & Barton

Key Features

  • This sterling silver tea service was crafted by Reed & Barton in the outstanding Francis I pattern
  • Francis I has become one of the most highly collectible sterling patterns ever created
  • Each piece is crafted from a single sheet of silver
  • Each piece features the Reed & Barton mark and style name
  • Dated 1951
  • Kettle: 13 1/2" high; tray: 30 1/2" length

Item Details

  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
This outstanding, seven-piece silver coffee and tea service is crafted by the renowned silversmiths Reed & Barton in the famous Francis I pattern. Adorned with skillfully-chased classic shapes and applied hand-cast mounts, each piece is fashioned by hand from single sheets of silver. Comprised of a hot water kettle, tea pot, coffee pot, creamer, covered sugar bowl, waste bowl and tray, this set elegantly displays the incredible artistry for which Reed & Barton is known. Introduced in 1906, Francis I is one of the most highly collectible sterling patterns ever created and is highly regarded by connoisseurs.

Each piece features the Reed & Barton mark and the style name, as well as the bell date mark

Dated 1951

Kettle: 13 1/2" high; tray: 30 1/2" length

Reed & Barton, established in 1824, is one of the oldest silver manufacturing firms in the United States. They have long been an industry leader and pioneer in the art of silversmithing, which has been referred to as "the last great craft." The Francis I pattern is their most recognized achievement, featuring 15 different fruit clusters detailed in a complete set. 

Around 1904-1906, Reed and Barton sought to develop a sterling flatware pattern that would be a marvel of design and craftsmanship, representing magnificence in detail and boldness of ornamental relief. Years of careful planning and skillful artistry in one instance were responsible for this design masterpiece. The designer was Ernest Mayer, who brought with him to the company years of experience and a thorough knowledge of the perfection of his art. 

The pattern is named for Francis of Angoulême, a handsome, talented and debonair patron of the arts and literature. He was born in 1494 and died in 1547. Francis became the King of France in 1515 upon the death of his uncle Louis XII. His reign was one of splendor. He combined all his talent and that of France developing all to a dazzling height of glory in art and architecture known today as the French Renaissance.

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