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Silver Service for Russian Prince Yusupov by Alex Gueyton ca 1860


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Directory: Archives: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Sterling: Pre 1900: Item # 1419298
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8 pieces of silver flatware, from the rare collection created by Alex Gueyton in France for Prince Yusupov of Russia, ca 1860. The lot consists of: 2 knives, with silver blades, fully stamped with Alex Gueyton's name and hallmark, the French Minerva hallmark for silver, and the Russian import mark of St. Petersburg. The knives have the Yusupov family crest on front and back of handles. They measure 7 1/2". 2 dessert forks, with French hallmarks and Russian import mark, each measuring 6 7/8", head of handles have family crest both front and back. 2 soup spoons, Minerva French mark and Russian import mark, each measuring 7 1/4', with crest on front and back of handle. 2 tea spoons, Minerva and Russian hallmark, each measuring 5", head of handles with family crest. This set was commissioned by Prince Nikolai Yusupov (1827-1891) in the 1860s to the French Silversmith Alex Gueyton, to create an elaborate set for his palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. The design incorporates the family insignia and various medieval ornamentation. The set was later moved to Moscow to the home of Princess Yusupov and her husband Count Felix Sumarokov-Elston. Prince Yusupov was an advisor at the Russian Embassy in Paris, and had a distinguished career as a soldier and philanthropist, and was also known to be one of the assassins that ended the life and career of Rasputin. Hidden away during the October Revolution, the set was discovered in 1925 by the Soviet government and ordered sold, and the items were all dispersed in the late 1920s. Portions of the flatware set occasionally appear at auction or in private sales, along with pieces of holloware from this service. All feature the ornate silverwork and historical elements related to Russia and the Yusupov family. The design is elaborate, with twisted handles on the forks and spoons, each family crest highly detailed, and all pieces are heavy weight. Alex Gueyton was a renowned silversmith in Paris, his works on an equal with the most famous silversmiths of his era. His works include commissions by other royal families of the 19th century. Condition: All in remarkably good condition, some indication of wear, slight abrasions to surface, and one of the soup spoons has a small dent in the bowl. Note that some of the photos have slightly distorted some of the items, but none are bent or damaged. As these works are rare, and few come available for sale, this is a special opportunity to own some of the finest French silver with historical significance. Price listed is for all 8 items, none are sold separately. Please see all photos for details, and we have additional photos if requested. Please email any questions. Shipping via USPS or Fedex with insurance.
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