Learn about Centrepiece

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.

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A Victorian silver plated centrepiece with cast figures of kangaroos, 53 cm high

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

A fine English silver plated centrepiece comport (top loose). 29 cm

Golfer Epergne, silver plated golfer with glass vase epergne, made by James Deakin & Sons, Sheffield, c1880, 32 cm tall

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

Silver plated antique centrepiece stand, circa 1870s. 22 cm

An Edwardian vaseline glass epergne, with silver-plate base. Height 30 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 silver plated Victorian centrepiece, modelled as two whippets or greyhounds, seated beneath two slender palm trees with a canopy of arching fronds.

Vintage English silver plated epergne, with 5 glass trumpets, 38 cm wide

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

An impressive silver plated centrepiece with central trumpet and three dishes, two removable, raised on four scroll feet. Height 57 cm

Victorian single trumpet epergne with silver plated base height 30 cm

A silver plated centrepiece, the shaped base with four winged mythical beasts supporting an oval beaded top, maker HW & Co. Height 26 cm

A silver plated centrepiece, the etched glass trumpet inset supported by swans and bullrushes. Height 27 cm.

Art Nouveau silver plated and glass centre piece by WMF, inscribed to base

An Edwardian silverplate epergne/banquet lamp centrepiece, with central bowl (non-extant) and radiating pierced branches terminating in baluster vases; Latham & Morton, Birmingham. Height 27 cm

Kangaroo centre piece: silver plated triform base, decorated with three kangaroo figures, cut crystal bowl & trumpet. Distributed by A.Saunders of Sydney. Height 49 cm

Silver plated centre piece, the Griffin stem surmounted by a coloured glass bowl

Roberson & Co ruby glass and plated metal three trumpet epergne, 36 cm high

Victorian sliver plated centrepiece by James Deaken, Sheffield, with revolving etched glass tray, some glass components missing, 52.5 cm high

A fine Edwardian Sheffield silver plate and cut crystal epergne 50 cm high x 35 cm width

Silver plated & crystal lion head centrepiece on paw feet with floral detail, engraved 'Sydney Bicycle club 10 Mile Annual road Race Won by T Fitzgerald 18.6.98' height - 58.5 cm

Silver plated centrepiece modelled as a palm tree with an ostrich with a cut crystal bowl insert. Height 58 cm

Antique silver plated epergne base, with grapevine shaped support, 42 cm high approx.

Silver plated centrepiece depicting a nomad & camel at rest under an Arabian palm tree. Height 62.5 cm

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

James Deakin & Son silver plated centrepiece featuring a hunting scene, numbered 3986 to base, with a later glass bowl. Height 40.5 cm