Since 1867, Ercuis has produced fine silverware used in embassies, yachts, and luxury hotels around the world. Founded by a French priest, Adrien Céleste Pillon, Ercuis originally created silver items for use in church services. The factory quickly branched out into dinnerware and silverware for royal houses as well.
Today, Ercuis carries on the tradition through the works of craftsmen who care about quality, detail and passion. Ercuis elevates flatware to a whole new level: the accessory becomes an essential decorative element in its own right, and the prominent feature of every table.
Silverware has always had an elitist side to it. This is of course primarily due to the value and scarcity of the raw materials used. From the 13th century onwards, silverware became more common amongst non-royal aristocracy; over time it spread to the wealthy classes to become a symbol of good taste and manners. By tracing the history of silverware down the centuries, we witness not only a proliferation of creativity and inventiveness, but also and above all the emergence and continuing tradition of tableware.
Ercuis elevates flatware to a whole new level: the accessory becomes an essential decorative element in its own right, and the prominent feature of every table.
Arts Décoratifs is the new flatware collection by Ercuis, its coloured patterns evoke the key trends of French decorative arts. The decoration and colour adorn the cutlery with a new distinctive character; the varied designs draw inspiration from a wide variety of sources and the possibilities are endless.
The collection reflects the essence of the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts held in Paris in 1925. Ercuis was already an exhibitor at the time, and today remains emblematic of an age that demonstrated French excellence in crafts and design.
This period, during which design was revolutionised and new themes and techniques emerged, has retained its significance for Ercuis, which continues to perpetuate the spirit of the era through its collections.
For its Arts Décoratifs collection, Ercuis has drawn on the most technically accomplished and sophisticated expertise available. The flatware is lacquered in pure and extremely luminous colours before being engraved with one of nine guilloché patterns. It is then silver or gold plated and lastly assembled with great care in the silversmiths’ workshop.
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