Christofle is a manufacturer of fine silver flatware and home accessories based in France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

 since 1830. They are renowned for their sterling, silverplate and stainless flatware. Among Christofle's product lines are silver picture frames, crystal vases and glassware, porcelain dinnerware and silver jewelry. Christofle is also well known for their silver holloware
Holloware is a term that refers to table service items such as sugar bowls, creamers, coffee pots, teapots, soup tureens, hot food covers, water pitchers, platters, butter pat plates and other metal items that went with the china on a table. It does not include flatware. Holloware was constructed...


Artists and designers such as the famous parisian silversmith Antoine Perrin (AP), Man Ray
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, Jean Cocteau
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, Gio Ponti
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, Andrée Putman
Andrée Putman
Andrée Putman is a French interior and product designer.Long considered as a shocking eccentric by the French as she likes to defend the indefensible, Andrée Putman partly owes her reputation to foreigners...

, Martin Szekely, Ito Morabito (Ora-Ïto)
Ito Morabito
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 and Richard Hutten
Richard Hutten
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 are among those whose creations have been made by Christofle.

The origins of Christofle date to 1830 when jeweler Charles Christofle assumed management of a jewelry workshops pertaining to his wife's family. Christofle today is under the control and ownership of the Christofle family, the current generation being represented by Maurizio Borletti. Christofle was publicly-traded until 1998, when Borletti and others took the firm private.

Christofle manufactures their products in France and in Brazil
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, and they are sold worldwide through 75 Pavillon Christofle retail stores and also through 400 department stores and specialty shops.

See also

The Musée Bouilhet-Christofle
Musée Bouilhet-Christofle
The Musée Bouilhet-Christofle is a private museum located in the 8th arrondissement at 9, rue Royale, Paris, France. It is open weekday afternoons by appointment; an admission fee is charged...

is a private museum in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.

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