Charles Christofle was a French silversmith and businessman who played an important role in the development of the French silver industry during the 19th century. He was born in 1805 in the town of Saint-Dizier in northeastern France, and began his career as an apprentice silversmith in Paris.
In 1838, he founded his own company, Christofle et Cie, and began producing high-quality silverware and other luxury items, such as candelabras, vases, and picture frames. He quickly gained a reputation for producing some of the finest silverware in France, and his company became one of the most successful and respected in the country.
Christofle's most famous work was his creation of the "Christofle style" characterized by the use of a combination of different techniques like chasing, engraving and gilding.
Christofle was also a skilled businessman and was able to expand his company rapidly, opening branches and showrooms in more...
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