Imperial Jadeite Dining Accessories by Carvin French

  • Imperial jadeite archer's rings were used to make this table accessories service by Carvin French
  • Since no two rings are alike, each had to be hand-fitted with 18K gold and onyx to create this set
  • Each ring is carved with various Chinese symbols of strength and courage
  • The 35 archer's rings were made into salts, peppers, place card holders and candle holders
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Item No. 29-8372

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These highly imaginative dining accessories by Carvin French of New York are formed from jadeite archer’s rings that date to the 16th through 19th centuries. Precious and rare, the rings were once used exclusively by Imperial longbow archers while on horseback. Worn on the thumb that pulled the bowstring, a smooth jadeite ring allowed a marksman to achieve the quick release needed to be accurate at such high velocity. Today, many of these rings are highly prized as pieces of jewelry, but this one-of-a-kind set incorporates a remarkable 35 rings in a highly unique design.

A private collector acquired these exquisite rings and specially commissioned the famed jewelry firm of Carvin French to have this unique service made. Since no two rings are the exact same size, each had to be meticulously hand-fitted with 18K gold and onyx to form the salt and pepper shakers, candle holders and place card holders that comprise the set. Varying Chinese motifs symbolizing the warrior qualities of strength, honor, and courage are carved into each design. Distinguished by a renowned maker and exceptional materials, there is absolutely no other service like this in the world.

André Chervin and Serge Carponcy were French jewelers well versed in classical jewelry making. They met while working for Louis Feron, and soon decided to merge their talents to begin Carvin French. While many jewelry firms were using mass production techniques, an unwavering commitment to hand craftsmanship and innovative design allowed Carvin French to stand out from their contemporaries. The firm gained a reputation as “the jewelers’ jeweler,” using only the finest materials and masterful craftsmanship to create spectacular pieces for Raymond Yard, Verdura and Tiffany & Co. 

Each piece bears the Carvin French “sleeping cat” mark on the base.

Circa 1960
Thirty-five Imperial jadeite archer's rings were used to create this one-of-a-kind table service
Maker: Carvin French
Period: 20th Century
Origin: America

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