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.
Silver plated Jugendstil centrepiece by Kayser having a bowl form cornucopia helding by a mermaid, flanked by two bowls with raised foliate detail, each with applied putti figures. Stamped to the base. Condition fair to poor, tear to one bowl, some restora
Silver plated animal Themed centre piece with an etched dish & trumpet by James Dixon & Sons, featuring a deer & a giraffe, stamped to the base. Condition good, minor tarnishing & age related wear. Height 52 cm
Bishop Suter's epergne, a magnificent late 19th century silver plated epergne by Elkington & Co, the top with large engraved cut glass bowl, six smaller bowls beneath supported on stylised scroll arms with three bon-bon baskets hanging beneath, reeded balu
Silver plated epergne stand heavily plated of vine leaf form, having an associated purple glass bowl all on pedetal base with three scrolled feet. Condition good, minor wear, drilled hole in the bowl. Height including bowl 47.5 cm
Neoclassical cut crystal and silver plated mounted centrepiece, 19th century, possibly French of oval shape, the body decorated with allegorical figures, with two scroll handles, raised on two paw feet and four turned feet, with cut crystal liner. Height 2
A Victorian silver plate and crystal camel epergne, later 19th century with maker's mark, a desk bell for James Deakin & Sons, Sheffield, with a knopped stem embellished with scrolled brackets and papyrus motifs draped with chains to a triangular base with
A Victorian silver plated epergne centrepiece, c.1870-1880's. By Barker Brothers Birmingham (sconces signed). The epergne is in the classical Victorian style, with three central maiden figures, supporting a three branch candelabra, surmounted with a cut cr
Antique Victorian silver plate centrepiece in the form of a crouching figure and goats under a banana palm, and date palm on a naturalistic base, mounted with a frosted and fluted flower form bowl, approx 70 cm high
A Victorian electroplated British metal emu centrepiece, 19th century, Sheffield, with maker's marks for James Deakin & Sons, having an oval detachable dish with embossed floral designs, beaded edges and scrolled handles upon a central knopped and decorate
A Victorian silver plated table centrepiece attributed to Elkington & Co mid to late 19th century, having a central intertwining grape vine column decorated with small bunches of grapes and leaves, supporting 6 branch upper, with 3 candle sconces supportin
A Meriden silver plated figural table centrepiece, c.1880's, manufactured USA depicting figural maiden upon pedestal base, upon 4 recumbent lion feet marked with makers stamps engraved 'C H van Zyl, Xmas 1881...'. Height 38 cm
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