Keller picnic set,
Lot 20
An extremely fine and impressive leather cased two-person picnic set, with silver accessories, by Gustave Keller of Paris, 1920s,
Sold for US$ 16,875 inc. premium

Lot Details
Keller picnic set,
An extremely fine and impressive leather cased two-person picnic set, with silver accessories, by Gustave Keller of Paris, 1920s,
the brown textured leather suitcase, with single leather handle, nickelled locks and catches, the lid opening to reveal tan leather-lined interior, fitted with full compliment of fine silver accessories comprising gilt-lined kettle containing burner and stand, oil-flask, two gilt-lined tea-cups with handles, food box, and leather pouch containing forks, knives and tea-spoons, all fitted within a lift-out tray and surrounded by two large and one smaller food box and six rectangular plates, the tray lifting out to reveal lower level fitted with a pair of glass spirit flasks with silver caps covered with gilt-lined silver drinking tots, two larger drinking cups, and a pair of other food containers with lids, each piece stamped with maker's mark and many engraved with geometric entwined monogram design, the case measuring 20¾ x 16 x 7ins.

Footnotes

  • The Keller firm was founded in 1856 by Gustave Keller, whose simple yet elegant sets and accessories were immediately appreciated for their quality. He was awarded a gold and a silver medal at the 1867 and 1878 Paris World Exhibitions. After 1878, the Keller brothers succeeded him and started producing silverware, which was rewarded at the 1889 and 1900 world fairs respectively, with a gold medal and a Grand Prix. In 1889, Lucien Falize wrote that "everything stamped Keller is good" (the firm was later known as "Keller fils et gendre successeurs").

    Established in Paris at 65 rue de Turbigo, Keller moved their shop and workshop to 22 rue Joubert in 1891. In 1929, the shop was mentioned as trading from 18 Avenue Matignon and was still active possibly as late as 1947.

    Keller attracted brilliant and international customers and was appointed official supplier of several courts (Spain, Russia, Greece and Romania). The Russian Court was an important client and from 1897, the last Tsar regularly purchased artifacts from the Parisian silversmith.

    From the 1900s the firm was also commissioned to produce several important cups and trophies for the Principality of Monaco.
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