Christofle Elephant Duck Press

  • This Elephant model duck press by Christofle is considered the firm's finest press
  • The masterfully crafted press is supported by intricately worked elephants
  • Christofle's creations such as this are exemplary of French silver craftsmanship
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Item No. 31-0323

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The duck press was once an indispensable tool of French haute cuisine, and this very rare Elephant model by Christofle was one of the finest ever made. The masterfully crafted silverplate press earns its name thanks to the intricately detailed elephants that support it. They are exquisitely formed, from their stylized ears and gracefully elongated trunks down to their stabilizing feet. A petrified wood base completes the impressive design.

The duck press is traditionally used for squeezing the juices out of a duck carcass when preparing the dish canard au sang. The juice that is pressed from the carcass is thickened and flavored with butter and Cognac, and then combined with the duck breast to finish cooking. These presses were also used to make the famous duck confit, as well as seafood or other stocks. There was a time when no respectable French restaurant would be without one of these grand devices, but very few have survived. Models of varying quality were made by the great Parisian silversmiths of the era, but by far, Christofle's Elephant press was the grandest of all. Though the famed silversmiths made other models of duck presses, the Elephant model possesses intricate hand work that distinguishes it from all others.

Circa 1880

16" wide x 13 3/4" deep x 19" high
Christofle Elephant Duck Press
Maker: Christofle
Period: 19th Century
Origin: France
Type: Duck Presses
Depth: 13.75 Inches
Width: 16.0 Inches
Height: 19.0 Inches

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