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New York mogul swoops into Houston with some French silver: Let the fancy champagne fly!

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21 Nicolas Kraft, from left, Ginny Gerard and Lester Marks at the Christofle event June 2014
Nicolas Krafft, from left, Ginny Gerard and Lester Marks. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
6 sterling silver Christofle "Vasque à Champagne" at the Christofle event June 2014
Sterling silver Christofle "Vasque à Champagne" holds 10 bottles. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
26 Veronica Ramirez and Hassan Alrady at the Christofle event June 2014
Veronica Ramirez and Hassan Alrady. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
25 Tracey and Drew Baird at the Christofle event June 2014
Tracey and Drew Baird. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
12 Emilie Martin at the Christofle event June 2014
Christofle master silversmith Emilie Martin. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
23 Renee Menzies at the Christofle event June 2014
Renee Menzies. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
19 Morgan Sean McCright, from left, Elena Htun and Alton LaDay at the Christofle event June 2014
Morgan Sean McCright, from left, Elena Htun and Alton LaDay. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
27 Vicki Ruska, left, and Teri Pugh at the Christofle event June 2014
Vicki Ruska, left, and Teri Pugh. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
20 Nicolas Kraft at the Christofle event June 2014
Christofle Americas president and CEO Nicolas Krafft. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
18 Mike Reynolds, left, and Greg Filippone at the Christofle event June 2014
Mike Reynolds, left, and Greg Filippone. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
17 Lester Marks and Penny Gonzalez Marks at the Christofle event June 2014
Lester Marks and Dr. Penny Gonzalez Marks with their daughter. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
14 Farzaneh Sameri, left, and Shazi Farahani at the Christofle event June 2014
Farzaneh Sameri, left, and Shazi Farahani. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
4 Captain and Barbara McKnight at the Christofle event June 2014
Captain McCright and Barbara McKnight. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
3 Bill Stubbs at the Christofle event June 2014
Bill Stubbs. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
16 Laura Roach, from left, Punita Valambhia and Roz Pactor at the Christofle event June 2014
Laura Roach, from left, Punita Valambhia and Roz Pactor. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
21 Nicolas Kraft, from left, Ginny Gerard and Lester Marks at the Christofle event June 2014
6 sterling silver Christofle "Vasque à Champagne" at the Christofle event June 2014
26 Veronica Ramirez and Hassan Alrady at the Christofle event June 2014
25 Tracey and Drew Baird at the Christofle event June 2014
12 Emilie Martin at the Christofle event June 2014
23 Renee Menzies at the Christofle event June 2014
19 Morgan Sean McCright, from left, Elena Htun and Alton LaDay at the Christofle event June 2014
27 Vicki Ruska, left, and Teri Pugh at the Christofle event June 2014
20 Nicolas Kraft at the Christofle event June 2014
18 Mike Reynolds, left, and Greg Filippone at the Christofle event June 2014
17 Lester Marks and Penny Gonzalez Marks at the Christofle event June 2014
14 Farzaneh Sameri, left, and Shazi Farahani at the Christofle event June 2014
4 Captain and Barbara McKnight at the Christofle event June 2014
3 Bill Stubbs at the Christofle event June 2014
16 Laura Roach, from left, Punita Valambhia and Roz Pactor at the Christofle event June 2014

If anyone knows how to impress a gathering, it's Christofle Americas president and CEO Nicolas Krafft. Just ask the tony crowd of Christofle big spenders who were invited for a champagne and very-fancy-craft evening at the intriguing home of art collectors Lester Marks and Dr. Penelope Gonzales.

In from New York, Krafft and Christofle executive vice president Ginny Gerard were accompanied by master silversmith Emilie Martin in from Christofle headquarters in France. While Martin wowed the attentive group with a demonstration of her talents with silver treasures, it was the champagne component that had guests swooning.

Krafft brought along a sterling silver Christofle Vasque a Champagne, which chills 10 bottles of bubbly in a lavish bath of ice, price tag approaching $70,000.

While guests hydrated with the Moet & Chandon, the CEO entertained with a brief overview of the silver house's history and provided updates on contemporary pieces being added to Christofle's popular classic collections. 

Friends and fans of Christofle included Bill Stubbs, Barbara McKnight, Robert Sakowitz, Teri and Phillip Pugh, Cheryl Byington, Veronica Ramirez and Hassan Alrady, Farzaneh Sameri, Tracey and Drew Baird and Christofle Houston director Vicki Rusca.

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