Popular in Victorian times, a centrepiece was designed to stand on a dining table or sideboard, and convey the theme of the gathering such as Christmas or Easter, as well as the social status of the owner. Often very elaborately made, they can take many forms, including epergnes, sculpture, multi basket containers for fruit or sweetmeats, and large bowls. They have been made in a variety of materials including glass, ceramics, silver, silverplate and bronze. Centrepiece is also the name given to the central feature of an item of jewellery such as a necklace or bracelet.
A George V silver epergne centrepiece, with a central trumpet vase with scalloped mouth framed by three smaller conforming vases issuing from a central orb raised upon a circular domed base. Birmingham 1914. Height 27.5 cm
Electroplated silver epergne, 19th century, with an etched glass trumpet shaped flower holder above a circular dish, the spreading triangular column set with winged horses, on square stepped feet, marked HW&C. Height 50 cm
A sterling silver centrepiece. The crystal shade held aloft by a classically robed figure of a lady London, 1871. Maker probably J. E. W. & J Barnard. Converted to lamp. Height 60 cm. Total weight (including crystal shade: 3.094g).
A large .900 European silver centrepiece or jardiniere, mid to late 19th century, the impressive oval form centrepiece having a striking spiral fluted design throughout with a gallery style pierced acanthus leaf border, applied fern frond style handles and
A George V silver centrepiece, the central basket raised on a trumpet form pedestal and with three hanging baskets of conforming design suspended around it. The walls of each with trellis design. Birmingham 1912 by Stewart Dawson & Co. Raised on turned woo
A mirrored silver table centre piece, 19th century, European, indistinct hallmarks, having a foliate and scrolled oval frame and raised on four small stepped feet, with a bevelled mirror to the centre bordered with a pinched drapery motif; hallmarks to rim
Ettore Leguti via Borromei, Milan c.1975 centrepiece of lobed oval form, the lobes with floral scrollwork, foliate scroll handles raised on an oval foot and four pierced foliate feet, engraved with the words 'Cesselato a mano, AGMA', 800 standard silver, w
A sterling silver epergne. 1901 London, with maker's marks for Mappin Bros, of pleasing plain form, a slender trumpet with a floriform rim and upon a conforming and weighted base, having four radiating arms to the lower stem holding removable trumpets, wit
English hallmarked sterling silver centrepiece the silver support modelled as a grape vine upon rococo style base, with later crystal basket. London, 1866, maker, Alexander Macrae height 26 cm (not including crystal). Weight 825g
Hallmarked sterling silver double handled figural centrepiece of navette form, flanked with figures of shepherd and shepherdess, stamped to the foot 'R&S Garrard Panton St. London', with insert (unmarked). London, 1872, maker R & S Garrard & Co dimensions
Austrian Secessionist silver centrepiece. Town mark for Vienna, Diana head hallmark.800 silver, makers mark unclear. Banded and patterned quarter design, square section supports. Height 27 cm. Weight 600g
A fine quality Victorian sterling silver and crystal centrepiece, maker's mark Walter & John Barnard, London circa 1878, applied with female figures, foliate cast decoration and diamond cut crystal bowl, 41 cm wide, 3570 grs total weight of silver (excludi
An Australian silver comport, by Hardy Brothers, Sydney, circa 1900, raised on a circular foot with three scroll stem and branches supporting a bowl, marked 'Hardy Bros Ltd. / Sydney' 30 cm high, 1100gms (35.4oz). Exhibited: Powerhouse Museum Sydney 1984-1
An Australian silver centrepiece, probably by Jochim Matthias Wendt, Adelaide, 1875, on a large domed chased base applied with a bronze indigenous hunter, a kangaroo and an emu, silver tree fern and centre twisted tree trunk issuing leafy branches, turned
An impressive silver centrepiece by H. Steiner, Adelaide, circa 1875, the domed naturalistically modelled foot supporting a large tree fern standard with spreading branches sumounted by an etched crystal bowl, the base cast with a smaller tree fern, an emu
A fine Australian silver centrepiece by William Edwards (1870), marked kangaroo / W.E. / emu, Walsh & Sons, Melbourne, the circular base decorated with rocks and blackboys, three warring aboriginals, two kangaroos and an emu centred around a tree fern whic
A figural silver plated and cut crystal epergne, circa 1900, the cut crystal bowl above two maidens sitting back to back against a central pillar one bearing a wreath of peace the other bearing the sword of war all sitting on an ovoid base with mask head a
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