Silver plating was a revolutionary innovation that was both developed and perfected by Christofle company founder C. With silver plating, it suddenly became possible to democratize the trade of silversmithing in order to make beautiful silver pieces more affordable for customers. With silver plating, customers who had previously coveted items in the Christofle line, but were turned off by the price had a way to get the pieces they loved. Silver plating was the heart of the Christofle legacy, and it could be used for every product category except for jewelry.
The eclectic Christofle cutlery collection is crowned with refined silver accessories and silver jewellery by famous designers. In , Charles Christofle founded the company. From the very beginning, he outlined the requirements that were necessary for him to remain true to his principle: They entailed always using the latest production methods and continuously improving the product quality and thus increasing productivity. His flair for innovation, technical advances and contemporary design soon made Christofle a pioneer and market leader for silverplated cutlery, silverplated table accessories and silverplated tableware. Over the years, Christofle has furnished many royal houses, well-known institutions and luxury hotels with its silver cutlery and silver accessories.
The story of this renowned firm dates from when the young Charles Christofle took the reins of his family's small jewelry workshop in the Marais district of Paris. Plaque, Antoine Tard 19th Cent. Given by Messrs. Rosine Bouilhet-Christofle, Charles used his keen managerial skills to enlarge the enterprise and win commissions at home in France and from as far afield as Madagascar and South America. A business visionary, Charles made a brilliant strategic move came in when he negotiated a license giving him the French rights to the electroplating patents of George and Richard Elkington of Birmingham, England.