Funeral of the Late Paul Christofle, the Famous Paris Silversmith
PAUL CHRISTOFLE, head of the French silver house bearing that name, was laid to rest in the latter part of January at Pere-Lechaise. The funeral services' were conspicuous by the fact that they were attended by an unusual large body of merchants and citizens over 5,000 people following
the hearse. Included in the procession were some of the best known French gold and silversmiths as delegates of their trade, and representatives of all the firms’ branches of the various cities of France and of Vienna, Belgium and South Africa as well. The funeral services throughout were extremely elaborate.
The deceased was the son of the founder of the house and succeeded his father 44 years ago, and in connection with his uncle successfully managed the concern. Largely to his efforts it became worthy of the name it attained in the artistic as well as commercial world. The deceased was an officer of the Legion of Honor, a member of the Tribunal of Commerce, and was largely interested in charity. He was the founder of a school for apprentices and supported beds in several hospitals in institutions.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 20th February 1907