See Other Notes at the bottom of this ad for comments on the hallmark. French Neoclassical (but may be defined as Victorian). Copper with traces of [Sheffield] silverplate; lined with nickel silver (which is primarily copper). 13 x 12.25 x 10.87 inches (33.0 x 31.1 x 27.6 cm). King Charles X through King Louis-Philippe I.Gloriously warm copper hallmarked "chauffe-plat" (hot plate) decorated with French 19th century neoclassical style scrolls and acanthus leaves. Henry Kindberg's official production period is only a brief 14 year span in the heart of Paris during revolutionary France's most turbulent history; with all circumstances making the production of his items limited, and their survival very rare (especially with the lid). A monogrammed version of this item was found to have been auctioned off first at Sotheby's and then at Christie's in Paris 2007. See Other Notes below for comments on the hallmark. Commensurate with age, this item is in beautiful antique condition. A list of condition details are as follows. 1 This item is nearly 200 years old and as such, features the usual dings and scratchesflaws to some, but what I call beauty marks that give an antique its personality.
2 This item has the beginnings of verdigris around its details. Some collectors delight in this. If you dont, I believe it can still be removed. 3 The flat plate insert is missing. I believe this was referred to as the salver.
No matter: they are rather simple trays and can be substituted with another plate of standard size. Here you will see I have used a china plate as an example of how it works. You may wish to utilize a Pyrex dish or stainless steel plate if you actually intend to use a heat source under it. By the way, I recommend a bougie-box or a low-wick candlelike the French used to userather than a sterno.
The missing flat plate is a minor loss. Its the domed lid that is your prize. That portion of the chauffe-plat is often separated to be re-purposed as a domed lid for dinner plate presentation. Sadly, the domed lid usually never makes it back to the rest of the chauffe-plat. This one still has the domed lid.
4 Note that the domed lid will not rest over the chauffe-plats base without sitting cockeyed. The domed lid was meant to rest on the flat plate, not the base. Just grab your favorite plate as a substitute and you will be all set for an impressive presentation.
After cleaning it, I discovered traces of what I believe to be silver around the rims and handles. With research, I found this same chafing dish, but silverplated and monogrammed, auctioned off at Sothebys and Christies of Paris in 2007. I suspect this piece has had its silverplate removed. One would normally think that the loss of silverplate would be a tragic ending for such a marvelous historical piece.
However, it is in my personal opinion, that this may be the unusual exception to the rule; for the removal of that silverplate, has actually resulted in allowing the brilliant copper to emerge gloriously warm and beautiful-almost like a phoenix emerging from the ashes. As mentioned before, this item is nearly 200 years old and has survived being placed in the middle of war-torn Paris during the 2.French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and two World Wars. It seems to have survived remarkably well, and if anything its flaws have only contributed to its unique beautymuch like the beauty of a Parisian woman who ages gracefully. Kindberg is determined to have produced in Paris based on his hallmark featuring a grasshopper.
Frances hallmarks at the time included insects and depending upon whether the bug was in profile or viewed from above, would determine whether the item was from Paris or one of the French provinces. An insect viewed in profile, as it is here, indicates it was made in Paris.However, I cannot help but find the arrow through the grasshopper intriguing given the time frame in which this was made. With limited knowledge of French history, I suspect that Kindberg lived (or grew up) during the French Revolution and/or the Napoleonic Wars which surely influenced his political leanings.
After the war, France remained in a revolutionary upheaval and experienced no less than nine kings (or emperors, including Napoleon I and II) between 1804 and 1848. As monarchs fought over the throne and the people revolted, Kindbergs workshop would have been squarely centered in this revolutionary hotbed. With this backdrop in mind, and knowing that the grasshopper stands for Paris, the French capitol, I feel that it may be reasonable to theorize that the arrow piercing the grasshopper could reflect Kindbergsand the French peoplessentiment towards their government at the time. If my theory were to hold true, then this item is an outstanding historical piece revealing a glimpse of the impassioned French people living at the time.
However, please remember that my observation is only a theory. Kindbergs time of known production suddenly stopped after only 14 years in 1838.This was during the reign of Frances final monarch, King Louis-Philippe I, a repressive conservative, who was later abdicated in 1848. I do not know why Kindberg stopped, what became of him, when he died, or what he died from. If any viewers of this post have any information to share about silver/goldsmith Henry Kindberg, please do contact me. All information you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
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The item "1824-1838 French Copper Dome Chafing Dish Warming Stand Hot Plate HK Kindberg #1" is in sale since Tuesday, February 21, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Silverplate\Platters & Trays". The seller is "goodeyegifts" and is located in Bristow, Virginia.
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