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.
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 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
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
WMF silver plated centrepiece from the Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik set with a large floral shaped glass bowl & two shield shaped lower bowls, set in the classic Art Deco form with two handles set upon four scrolled feet. Condition excellent to good,
Lalique 'Roscoff' crystal centrepiece bowl moulded with overlapping fishes emerging from a mass of swirling raised bubbles. Signed on underside, near edge 'Lalique France'. Condition good, some minor age related wear. Diameter 36 cm
A Bohemian milk glass comport, the small comport raised on a slender knopped pedestal and embellished with a black and gold ivy frieze to the rim on a matte cobalt ground, with a dot style border to the foot in the same colours, and gilded edges to the rim
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