The firm of Odiot, originally founded in Paris in 1690, traded in silver and gold vessels but it was only in 1720, in the reign of Louis XV, when Jean-Baptiste Gaspard Odiot became a manufacturing silversmith. The tradition passed from father to son until 1785 when the celebrated Jean-Baptiste Claude Odiot became a Master and the wealth and fame of the firm really came to the fore when he became silversmith to the court of the Emperor Napoleon I where he developed the Empire Style. His son, Charles Nicholas Odiot, continued the tradition of royal goldsmith and was purveyor by appointment to King Louis-Philippe. In turn his son, Gustave Odiot, the last family member to preside over the company, later became purveyor by appointment to the Imperial Russian court.
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