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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Comport in the style of Salviati & Co., green glass, Italy, c1950s

Victorian ruby glass centrepiece, height 35 cm approx

Carnival glass, colbalt 'Waratah and Butterflies' comport, 16 cm high x 23.5 cm diameter

A large Murano glass dragon vase centrepiece, mid 20th century, in opalescent rose pink and clear glass with a dusting of gold foil inclusions, the ovoid vase with lattice decor heightened with gilding, a traditional Venetian dragon stem with a long neck a

Champs-Elysees', A large Lalique clear and frosted glass leaf centrepiece, signed, 46 cm wide

Ruby glass vase and footed comport, H19 cm approx (tallest)

A rare Lalique frosted glass Tour de France centrepiece, abstract in form, moulded with continuous cyclists to exterior, bearing the label 'Lalique Paris', etched 'Lalique France' to base, 25 cm total height

Victorian Blue milk glass lustre / comport with drops, gilt foliate designs, approx 28 cm high

An Australian Art Glass shell comport signed Lloyd Murray '98

Lalique 'Nogent' comport with four sparrow figures support. Signed to the base. Condition: excellent to good, almost as new. Diameter 14 cm

Lalique 'Marguerite' centrepiece bowl of molded clear & frosted glass, having repeating flowers to rim & a reeded body, signed 'Lalique France'. Condition: good, minor wear to the base. Diameter 33 cm

Vintage Bohemian overlay glass comport 14.5 cm diameter & 17 cm high approx.

A French Lalique comport decorated with birds in floral relief. 13.5 cm high.

Lalique 'Nugent' comport with four sparrow figures support. Signed to the base. Condition excellent to good, almost as new. Diameter 14 cm

A George III cut glass bell shaped comport dish, diameter 27 cm. Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

Lalique 'The Trophee' centrepiece of free flowing spiralling form, issuing from a circular foot, originally designed as an ice skating trophy style number 11660, first issued in 1987 when Lalique sponsored an international ice skating competition i

A Murano glass centrepiece and a Orrefors crystal bubble dish

A Victorian silver-plated pedestal centrepiece, with black glass insert

Art deco pink Depression glass float bowl with fish centrepiece, 23 cm high, 30 cm diameter approx

Art Deco amber depression glass float boat with flower maiden centrepiece, 22 cm high, 26 cm diameter approx

Art Deco pink depression glass float bowl with a squirrel centrepiece

Murano Archimede Seguso frosted glass floral centrepiece with pink flowers on an aqua stemmed clear glass leaf, with original sticker. Condition, good, minor wear to the base. Length 33 cm

Venetian Lattacino glass comport dish, Diameter 12 cm approx

A Bohemian overlaid cranberry glass comport, 19th century. Persian inspired, the chalice form comport with eight mihrab shaped petals to the rim above arched white glass panels alternating diamond forms with handpainted floral bouquets, raised on a conical

A fine Moser gilded glass comport, later 19th century, in the Persian manner, the goblet style comport having eight mihrab inspired panels and raised plaques richly decorated with leaf and floral motifs, the panels encrusted with gilt paste in relief, rais

A pair of Bohemian cased glass lustre vases. 20th century, in cobalt overlaid with white, the shallow tazze form lustres each with a shaped stem to a domed base, with repeat slice cuts and rose and forget-me-not painted borders and decorations with gilt en

Murano Art Glass comport with repeating air twist & gilt patterns, unmarked. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Height 16.5 cm

Green crimped Carnival glass comport with berry decoration, approx 14 cm high, 14.5 cm diameter

Green Carnival glass bowl with a marigold Carnival glass comport, approx 23 cm diameter and smaller (2)

Marigold carnival glass comport, diameter 22 cm approx, together with a marigold small bowl

Lalique 'Roscoff' crystal centrepiece bowl moulded with overlapping fishes emerging from a mass of swirling raised bubbles. Signed to the centre 'Lalique France'. Condition good, some minor age related wear. Diameter 36 cm

Amethyst carnival glass comport, approx 10 cm high, 21 cm diameter

Carnival glass comport, leaf and grape vine decoraiton, approx 12 cm high, 25 cm diameter

Carnival glass comport, pressed diamond pattern decoration, approx 8 cm high, 14 cm diameter

Crimped edge, pearlescsent carnival glass comport, floral heart form decoration to centre, approx 6 cm high, 21 cm diameter