Saturday, January 3, 2009
Daryle Lambert: What's in a Name?
Thanks to www.bissellbedardgalleries.com
I am learning right along with my readers every day and this should prove it. Did you know that the name on an item can show the viewer that it is quality? Just a few names that are quickly recognizable: Tiffany, Lalique, Steuben, Rookwood, Grueby, and Newcomb will quicken your attention. How about Puiforcat? Does that name get your attention? I know it register with me until I received an email asking if I would be interested in buying a set of candelabras by Puiforcat. With a little research, it soon became apparent to me that this is a name that I want to include in my memory for future reference.
The Puiforcat Company of France was founded early in the history of several great silver companies but the one name that has caught everyone's attention is Jean Puiforcat. In the late 19th century to early 20th century, he introduced the public to his art deco designs and the rest is simply history. Mr. Puiforcat died in 1945 but his wares are much in demand today. The Puiforcat Company was acquired by the world-famous Hermes Company that still exists today.
Don't look for cheap silver pieces made by the Puiforcat Co. Many will not recognize the name and you may find that these treasures are waiting for someone like you to discover them and “Puiforcat” appears on silver, you can be sure it is a treasure. Sets of hollowware may bring $100,000 or more depending on the design and number of place settings. It isn't unusual for one place setting to command a price of $5,000 or more for art deco patterns. Candelabras and other pieces carrying Jean Puiforcat designs will most certainly have a hefty price tag attached at better auctions or antique shops. Bargains, however may be found at house or garage sales.
I have been trying to research this company more fully but there seems to be a limited amount of information on the net so if any of our readers locate more on this company I would appreciate you passing it along. There seems to be unlimited articles about the wares but very little on the company itself. Puiforcat; a funny name that can bring you great rewards!
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