Chantilly was designed by William Christmas Codman (1839 - 1921) for Gorham Silver in 1895. This pattern went on to become the most popular flatware pattern ever produced. Chantilly has been particularly popular among newly-weds, and is George and Laura Bush's choice for the flatware service on Air Force One.
Chantilly's graceful border, plain center, and fleur-de-lis tip are inspired by the 18th century French "Regency" period. During the reign of King Louis XV, the French court had a strong appreciation for the humanities, particularly art. Today, this influence can best be seen in the town of Chantilly, France where Louis' cousins, the Princes de Conde, erected the Chateau de Chantilly. The presence of the "Rococo" style (curved, flowing lines) can be seen in rooms, paintings, furniture, clothes and dinnerware of the time. The period featured a pleasing contrast of ornate decoration and understated grace.
Borrowing the French town's name, Codman followed "Rococo" themes when designing the Chantilly flatware pattern. The pattern's style and grace, paired with Gorham's unwavering quality and craftsmanship, have made this pattern a best seller for over 106 years. This pattern is fit for any household and setting, be it a state dinner or a backyard barbecue!
To start or complete your Chantilly set, browse the following featured pieces of Chantilly by Gorham! Please note: The pieces shown below are of the newer "Gorham Sterling" backstamp, produced since 1950. Gorham's Chantilly was first introduced in 1895, and pieces made prior to 1950 will bear the "Lion/Anchor/G" backstamp. Click here if you would like to browse pieces bearing the older backstamp (Lion/Anchor/G), or call 1-800-REPLACE (1-800-737-5223) to speak with a knowledgeable sales associate.
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