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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Antique silver plate centre piece, with ram and lamb to base with a tree support for a bowl (no bowl) approx 36 cm high

Australian themed silver plated epergne centre piece, approx 49 cm high, 34 cm dia

A silver plated centre piece with ostrich figured base and frosted glass bowl, English, late 19th century, 44 cm high

William F c1905 silverplated epergne in the high Art Nouveau style, the elongated stand cast with a female figure with clear glass trumpet, with pierced floral decorated lozenge shaped base holding an etched glass bowl

An epergne centre piece, silver plate and cut crystal, English, late 19th century, 47 cm

Pair Victorian silver plated centre piece bases, with figural base, 21 cm high approx.

A Royal Brierley crystal & silver plate centrepiece, the silver plate frame emanating four arms each supporting four circular cut crystal sweet meat dishes, the body modelled as four acanthus leaves raising a central cut crystal bowl, above a shaped ba

A Conch figural silver plate centrepiece by WMF, circa 1900, the shell form dish supported by cherubs on a dolphin, 42 cm high

A pair of ruby glass and silver plated epergne vases 19th century, 22 cm each

A Victorian silver plate centre-piece stand on triform base, with applied scrolls and flower heads, 44 cm high

A Victorian sterling silver figural centre-piece with a semi-clad classical muse on a tripod leaf scroll base with presentation inscription 'To Edward Charles Cracknell by the Officers of the Electric Telegraph Department, News South Wales on his promo

Victorian silver plated & cut crystal centre piece, decorated with 2 dragons to base, 18.5 cm high approx

WMF silver plate three light centrepiece candlelabra, marked WMF Ikora Germany silverplate, 25 cm wide

A French silver plated centrepiece jardiniere with a mirrored tray , circa early 20th century, with mark in relief, Orfevrerie Selecta, 353. In the bombe rococo manner with pierced scrolling foliate motifs and sweeping handles and raised on acanthus feet,

A late Victorian silver plate figured table centrepiece, the decorative spreading circular base mounted with a classical hunting figure and leopard, framed by two scrolling arms supporting the dish form top, a later cut crystal shade fitted to the top. Hei

Victorian silver plated epergne, by Thomas Latham & Ernest Morton, Birmingham, with presentation engraving, 33 cm high

A Victorian EP table centrepiece with three griffins. Height 32 cm

An impressive large silver plate cut crystal and glass banquet table centrepiece, the decorative scrolling triform base supporting two stags and a central entwined tree trunk column with grape leaf and bunch sculpted detail, the top with three scrolling ar

Victorian silver plate centrepiece, c. 1900, with four cut crystal bowls. Height 45 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Nancy Melick, NSW

WMF Art Nouveau double sided figural silver plated centrepiece base with a glass stem, depicting a winged lady adorned in jewellery, standing on a rectangular base. Condition good, some wear to the plating. Height 31.5 cm

Pair silver plated epergnes. Frosted glass flutes. Scroll & leaf form columns on trefoil bases. Height 37 cm

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

A late Victorian silver plate table centrepiece, modelled as a tree fern, a goat stands beside, the wide circular spreading base with relief moulded foliage. Height 165 by John Dixon & Sons.

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

A large Victorian silver plate leaf patterned mirror base epergne stand. 46 cm high

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

Epergne: silver plate with ruby glass, early 20th century. 32 cm high, 40 cm wide

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.