No less than 13 kilograms. That is the amount of sterling silver necessary to create the tray that accompanies the François-Thomas Germain tea and coffee service, named for the illustrious 18th century silversmith who created, among other masterpieces, an extraordinary chocolate pot for the King of Portugal: his style was the inspiration for a service of unparalleled luxury, created by Puiforcat, to which he lent his name.
Naturally, the metal used to make the tray is of the utmost quality. However, its true value lies in the consummate expertise, the many talented craftsmen and the extreme attention to detail involved in its manufacture: the five pieces in the François-Thomas Germain service require 500 hours of work, including 90 hours devoted to planishing the tray with hammers and mallets.
Louis XV tea & coffee serving set - FT. Germain
Next comes the finishing touches to the decorative features, chasing, etching and buffing the metal. Indeed, the François-Thomas Germain tray reflects its namesake's sophisticated aesthetic tastes with a winding ribboned edge that features a motif of four finely chiseled intertwined silver threads and two foliage-covered medallions. 13 kilograms of perfection.