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Antique Chrome-plated Epergne

Antique Chrome-plated Epergne

$300.00

The first known example of epergnes dates back to the mid-1700s, but it was the opulent, lush 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 smaller examples which were designed only for displaying flowers, to much larger pieces with bowls or suspended baskets.

Found at a silver market in the northeast of England, this magnificent Antique Chrome-plated Epergne was designed to serve as a grand centerpiece. The epergne consists of a bowl for fruit or nuts and a center trumpet vase for flowers. Dating from the early 1900s, the piece was originally silverplate over copper, but was later chrome-plated. (During the 1960s and '70s in England, antique silverplated pieces were occasionally chrome plated, as chrome required less maintenance.)

Capturing the elegance of Edwardian England, this handsome epergne is sure to be a cherished centerpiece on your table.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good antique condition with discreet signs of age and use as shown in the alternate images. 15.75"H tall x 11.25" at widest point.

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