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Odiot is a luxury French brand producing amazing table silverware and cutlery.
Founded in 1690, it wasn’t until the reign of Louis XV that silversmith Jean-Baptiste Gaspard Odiot established the debut of a dynasty. It was, however, his exceptionally talented grandson, Jean-Baptiste Claude, who put Odiot on the world map. The splendor of the Empire era was echoed magnificently in his work.
Directed by the extraordinarily talented Jean-Baptiste Claude, Jean Baptiste Gaspard’s grandson, Odiot received many prestigious orders from the Emperor and his family, such as Napoleon’s coronation sword and scepter, the magnificent cradle for the King of Rome, immense dinner services for Napoleon’s mother, and his sister Pauline Borghèse, and the Emperor’s campaign dinner service. One of Odiot’s most famous pieces during this era was a shallow bowl said to be modeled on Pauline’s breast.
The virtuosity of Odiot´s creations at this time, heavily influenced by the return of the antique style, and the frequent use of silver-gilt, unquestionably place them amongst the best examples of French silverware. Odiot’s reputation spread far beyond the borders of the Empire to all the Courts of Europe.
Jean-Baptiste Claude was influenced by the return of the classical Greek and Egyptian motifs as expressed in Empire styles. Charles Nicolas Odiot, who excelled in the rocaille style, succeeded his father and became the purveyor by appointment to His Majesty the King Louis-Philippe and to the Royal Family of Orleans. He was later succeeded by his son Gustave who received the House of Odiot's most important commission ever, 3,000 pieces of solid gold flatware for Saïd Pacha, the Viceroy of Egypt.
Throughout its history Odiot craftsmen have made pieces that have always been creatively new and of its own time: by blending audacity and virtuosity with harmony, they continue to sign masterpieces which are present in many of the world’s greatest museums. Odiot’s reputation extended beyond the Empire to all the royal courts of Europe. Many of the pieces in Odiot’s collection today are identical or very close to the ones they originally produced for European nobility, the Imperial Family, the Russian, Bavarian Courts. Today, the heritage of Odiot is intact as its craftsmen continue to produce, with the same savor-faire, masterpieces, including timeless designs from their extensive archives. The long and distinguished history is also the fruit of the work of Odiot's craftsmen, whose creations, in their own time, combined boldness, flair and harmony, and which can be seen on display today in many of the world's greatest museums, like Louvre and Hermitage.