Charles Christofle (1805-1863), after heading a jewelry shop, he established a silversmith shop bearing his name. Parallel to his success at the Parisian trade fair "l’exposition des Produits de l’Industrie", he bought the patents for gilding and silver electroplating from Ruolz, then from Elkington, a process for which he won the gold medal again at the industrial products trade fair of 1844. Christofle subsequently became the official supplier of the Royal Family, continually successful under the Second Empire, during which time he regularly won awards at the World's Fairs. At the time of his death, the business was maintained by his son Paul (1838-1907) and his nephew Henri Bouilhet (1830-1910). BIBLIOGRAPHY (French) Archives du Musée Bouilhet-CHRISTOFLE, Fonds plaques de verre, Fiche n'1920, Plaque n'2775. Henri Bouilhet,150 ans d'orfèvrerie: CHRISTOFLE , Chêne-Hachette, Paris, 1981. Victor Champier, Les Industries d'Art à I'Fxposition Universelle de 1889, Bureaux de la Revue des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1902, c 1. Jules Mesnard, Les Merveilles de l'Exposition Universelle de 1867, De Lahure, Paris, 1867, p. 98.