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 Cantonese 19th century painted comport, with panels of courtiers in landscape with a band of foliate and butterflies, the interior brass stand with cartouche with figures in interior with a conforming band with ormolu handles and pierced ormolu base. 30
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