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Antique Silverplate Art Nouveau Floral Epergne

Antique Silverplate Art Nouveau Floral Epergne

$575.00

The first known example of epergnes dates back to the mid-1700s, but it was the opulent aesthetic of the Victorian era that made these lovely centerpieces an essential item for the aspiring middle and upper classes. The word epergne actually comes from the French word "épargner" - which means to save. An epergne allowed one to adorn the table or sideboard with flowers, fruits, nuts and sweets in a beautiful, yet space-efficient way.

The size and shape of epergnes varied greatly - from examples which were designed only for displaying flowers, to much larger, more ornate pieces with bowls in either crystal or silver and suspended baskets. Epergnes reflected the era in which they were produced, with those from the Victorian era being the most elaborate. 

Found at a silver market in the north of England, we are so pleased to present a gleaming silverplate floral epergne with the lovely design hallmarks of the Art Nouveau period. This magnificent centerpiece consists of a large central trumpet vase along with three smaller vases, all sitting elegantly in nature-inspired holders that mimic the scrolling organic lines of climbing vine tendrils. The larger vase sits at the center of the elegantly arched support arms that form a heart. With the opulence of a bygone era, this exceptional epergne will be a lovely addition to your dining table, buffet or sideboard. 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good antique condition. 12" H x 7".

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