Our next offer includes a variety of great pieces from the sterling silver Fontainebleau pattern by Gorham. This impeccable selection includes oyster ladles, carving forks, salt spoons, dinner forks, and much more – the eye-catching design of Fontainebleau complements a wide variety of china, crystal, and linens. These resplendent pieces are an ideal way to augment your existing tableware for entertaining.
Antoine Heller, the designer for the Fontainebleau pattern, was born in France in 1845. As a young man, Heller apprenticed with M. Chaplain, a well-known engraver. According to Charles Carpenter Jr. in “Gorham Silver: 1831-1981,” Heller received a scholarship to study in Paris in 1864. There, he was trained in the Beaux Arts style, a highly ornate classical style that combines Baroque and Rococo elements balanced with a sense of precision and planning. In 1870, Heller received a Gold Medal from the Paris Salon. Heller came to America in the late 1870s to work for Tiffany & Co., where he helped design and cut their Olympian pattern. When Heller left Tiffany to work for Gorham, Fontainebleau became his first silver design for the company. In 1883, Gorham produced two more Heller patterns, Medici and Cluny, followed by Nuremburg and Old Masters in 1884-85, St. Cloud in 1886, Versailles in 1888, Coligni in 1889, and Marie Antoinette in 1890. Heller’s Mythologique, regarded as one of Heller’s most famous flatware designs, debuted in 1894. Although many of Heller’s designs were hugely successful, he was just one of many noted designers at Gorham Silver, regarded as one of the preeminent silver companies in the world.
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