Blog Posts tagged with Francis I

This incredible American Silver Dining Service for 12 boasts works crafted by Reed & Barton and Redlich & Co.

A Grand Dining Experience: The 224-Piece American Silver Dining Service

Posted: August 17, 2013 15:59 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

There was a time when dining was much more than enjoying good food amongst family and friends, it was a luxurious event that could make or break one’s reputation in social circles. A household’s most expensive furnishings and accessories could be found in the dining room, but perhaps none reflected the taste and sophistication of the owner better, or more elegantly, than the silver. This is certainly the case with this outstanding American Silver Dining Service. Our suite for 12 guests comprises not only an exceptional Francis I sterling silver flatware service by Reed & Barton, but...


This amazing dressoir, or sideboard, was created over 425 years ago

The Thrill of The Hunt: The Francis I Renaissance Sideboard

Posted: February 22, 2011 11:33 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

As both an antiques dealer and a collector, I'm always actively searching for items that embody the greatest qualities of their type. Now, it may sound odd to say that a piece of furniture is exciting, but this 16th-century sideboard is certainly one piece that would top off a museum curator's wish list. Created during the French Renaissance, this Francis I-period sideboard, or dressoir, is over 425 years old, and represents an inconceivably small number of furnishings from this era to exist-anywhere. Just look at the condition of this sideboard and you can understand why "exciting" really...


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