In 1710, the estaigner (tinsmith) Antoine Alegre, the first of his lineage, moved to Angers, capital of Anjou, France to establish a business that survives to these days. It was a turbulent period when high tax levies were needed to finance the War of the League of Augsburg and the Spanish Succession War, forcing the French King Louis XIV to take severe measures: melting gold and silver pieces and replacing them with pewter to adorn the royal and aristocratic tables of the time.
Alegre, one of the tinsmiths who created the prized pieces for the French royal family, founded L’Orfèvrerie d’Anjou, a company that currently has stores in Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, Dubai and Moscow. The quality and brightness of their elegant pewter products have been key to their international success in more than 150 countries worldwide.
These are some of their most-celebrated items devoted to champagne, what you don’t know about French Champagne works of art that will bring elegance and sophistication to your table.
With a height of 93 inches and a total weight of 84 pounds, the Trölley Vasscö is a useful service cart made of different materials such as wood and pewter, and equipped with handles and wheels. For added convenience it has two side drawers that hold 12 champagne flutes, as well as a retractable shelf that provides additional space for expedient service, and space for corks, bottle openers or coasters. The price: $10,100.
Champagne Bucket Sö Salon
The SÖ Salon Champagne Bucket is a clear example of the evolution of pewter products. Worked by hand with impeccable finishes, this creation by Eric Berthes is meticulously constructed with black matte pewter, weighs almost 5 lbs. and has a beautiful silver bracket that keeps it stable. This original design will add sparkle and brilliance to any celebration. Its price: $700.
Seau Souper Fin Bucket
Designed by Philippe Di Meo, this piece appeals for its simplicity and modernity. Sensual and sexy, this champagne bottle cooler is made of polished pewter with a white exterior and pink interior. With a height of 10 inches and a diameter of 7 inches, it weighs 3.5 lbs. Price: $570.
This remarkable ice bucket, one of L’Orfèvrerie d’Anjou’s best sellers, is made of silver pewter on the outside and golden inside. With a weight of 13 pounds and a diameter of 46.5 inches, it is ideal to cool four regular-size champagne bottles or two magnums. Price: $1400. ■