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    Posted 6 years ago

    Arisellon
    (86 items)

    I love these fantastic Art Deco knife rests. (I have posted 2 sets of pics on CW to see them all). There is a set of six with a sportsman or Olympics theme to them.

    The other set are shown here:

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/150546-sportsman-french-art-deco-knife-rests-p?in=user

    The six of them include: a swimmer, rugby player, motorcyclist, race car driver, runner, and a hockey player or lacrosse player. My favorites are the old style roadster and motorcyclist. They were designed by Pierre Devouge in Paris, circa 1925, and they are silver plated. They have some great patina to them, and I have not polished them. They are stamped with a very small rectangular hallmark on the top.

    There is a similar set for sale here, but I like mine better:

    https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/tableware/set-of-six-french-art-deco-sport-rugby-boxer-gymnast-knife-rests-bronze-silver/id-f_1309346/

    They represent another bygone era, where knife rests were used in formal dining to support the knife so that it would not stain a tablecloth. Today, they are purchased mainly as collector's items, but I'd love to use them sometime for a deco dining experience!

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    1. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 6 years ago
      I almost need CPR! Love these!!!
    2. Arisellon Arisellon, 6 years ago
      Thank you! They are fabulous. If we lived together, our house would be bursting with Art Deco (mine is already)...lol.
    3. Budek Budek, 6 years ago
      What GREAT knife rests!, really beautiful! Thanks for posting them.
    4. surfdub66 surfdub66, 6 years ago
      Very cool !! Any chance of a close up on the mark ;-)
    5. Arisellon Arisellon, 6 years ago
      Yes...I've tried my best to get a picture of the very small hallmark and added it above. To me, it looks like a P.V....any help in identifying it would be great. Thanks.
    6. paris1925 paris1925, 6 years ago
      hi darren , can you tell me what letter are in the stamp? EV? it could help to find the silversmith.thanks
    7. Arisellon Arisellon, 6 years ago
      Hi David...to me, it looks like a P.V.. But I could be wrong...it's very hard to see.
    8. paris1925 paris1925, 6 years ago
      hi darren i'm now loking in all list of french silversmith.... nonone is yours probably german or english made...

      I read EV

      if EV or PV nonone are good, alle marke referenced have a symbol included with the letters... so... and it is silverplater. have you find a second stamp?


      http://www.silvercollection.it/frenchsilversmithsPDUE.html
    9. paris1925 paris1925, 6 years ago
      back-) dear darren i got the answer-) the maker is pierre devouge, Paris 8bis rue Fontaine-au-Roi. http://www.artnobilis.de/ART-DECO.html
    10. Arisellon Arisellon, 6 years ago
      Thank you so much! Now I need to find more information on Pierre Devouge. And I see I'm missing some really nice ones from the set!
    11. paris1925 paris1925, 6 years ago
      i do think i would be hard warren i look on archives but it seems to be a small unknow silversmith. it is not puiforcat or ravinet d'enfert-)
    12. paris1925 paris1925, 6 years ago
      well some devouge where born in paris 11th district-) maybe his childs, brother or sisters.... it seem that he was not only working at the 8bis rue de fontaine au roi, but also living here..... probably afamilly business he get from his father.... here you can read wich devouge where brn here: http://canadp-archivesenligne.paris.fr/archives_etat_civil/1860_1902_tables_decennales/td_visu_img.php?registre=D1M9_029&type=TD&vue_tranche_debut=AD075TD_D1M9_029_0044&vue_tranche_fin=AD075TD_D1M9_029_0064&ref_histo=12021&cote=D1M9%2029
    13. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      stunning!!!!!
    14. Arisellon Arisellon, 6 years ago
      Mystery solved. Thanks for all the help in identifying the designer.
    15. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 6 years ago
      Hi Arisellon. This is Awesome!! It's finding weird & wonderful items like this that make browsing CW such fun. Thanks for posting it :)

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