Benjamin Rabier Armand (1869-1939)
Rare service of six knife rests in silver metal, signed by the prestigious artist Benjamin Rabier and the silversmith Pierre Devouge.
Boxed set of animalier knife rests, (12)
Date : circa 1925
-The Wolf and the Lamb (Le loup et l’agneau)
-The Monkey and the Cat (Le singe et le chat)
- The Tortoise and the Hare (Le lièvre et la tortue)
-The Fox and the Crow (Le corbeau et le renard)
- The Rat Retired From The World (Le rat qui s’est retiré du monde)
-The Wolf and the Crane (Le loup et la cigogne)
and 6 other fables representation different ...
Set of 12 French silverplated bronze Art Deco knife rests manufactured circa 1930-1935 based on the fables of La Fontaine and designed by Benjamin Rabier (a famous French cartoonist of the 1930s).
Jean de La Fontaine was a French poet and fabulist, who lived and worked during the 17th century.
The Art Deco style name was derived from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited. Art Deco design represented modernism turned into fashion.
Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) is a French poet of great renown, mainly for his Fables which are always considered as one of the greatest masterpieces of French literature.
Benjamin Rabier (1864-1939 ) was a French illustrator, comic book artist and animator. He became famous for creating the cow's design on cheese "La vache qui rit" (The Laughing Cow) and and for the comic strip character Gedeon ( Gideon the duck). He is considered one of the greatest European animal cartoonists. His work has inspired many other artists, notably Hergé and Edmond-François Calvo.
8 bis rue Fontaine-au-Roi in Paris.
was active January 12, 1922
Length of the base : 8,4cm to 10 cm ( 3"3 to 3"9 )
Width of the base : (2,5 cm) 1''
Height :2,5 cm to 5,5 cm( 1" to 2"2 )
Weight: 548 grams.
The condition is very good to excellent. Overall with a hundred years of age, the service seems to have not been used. Micro-scratches from normal use. Exceptional in both design and execution, this fabulous set will grace your table and will delight your guests.