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Antique Silverplate Centerpiece Epergne

Antique Silverplate Centerpiece Epergne

$695.00

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, more ornate pieces with bowls in either crystal or silver. Epergnes reflected the era in which they were produced, with those from the Victorian era being the most elaborate. 

As if plucked from the set of Downton Abbey, we are thrilled to present this magnificent Antique Silverplate Centerpiece Epergne. Produced by the Sheffield silversmiths of Boardman & Glossop, this impressive piece dates from the late 1800s.

This gleaming epergne is truly a centerpiece like none other: sitting atop the faceted central arm is a removable bowl with a delicately detailed, octagonal silhouette. With the large bowl removed, the central arm becomes a vase to display a lovely floral arrangement. Resting on elegantly arched sides arms are smaller bowls with the same detail and shape as the larger bowl. The central bowl is intended for fruit, while the small side bowls are intended for nuts and sweets.

This gorgeous epergne will be a stunning addition to your dining table, buffet or sideboard. It will, as its name implies, save space while being a breath-taking centerpiece that sets the stage for a memorable event. 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Overall Height is 11.5" x 17.5" wide. In good antique condition with discreet signs of age and use as shown in the alternate images. 

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