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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Sterling silver four trumpet table top epergne, hallmarked Sheffield 1918, approx. 729gr

A fine Victorian sterling silver epergne Birmingham /, circa 1864, with three branches supporting cut crystal bowls and one large bowl to top and all converting to candleholders and decorated in the classical style with horse head designs, approximately 34

Antique German 800 silver centrepiece, with pierced repousse top supported by figural cherub column on pierced scrolled trefoil base, German 800 hallmark to bottom side, 32.5 cm high, 947 grams (this weight includes the plated insert liner) Liner is silver

Victorian sterling silver pierced work centre piece with a glass liner marked 1865, London

German 800 silver Art Nouveau centrepiece, WMF style, missing original liner, stamped to base, inscribed ‘4th December 1905 Familie Kahan’, 932g approx.

Edwardian sterling silver centrepiece base, hallmarked Birmingham 1908 (J Sherwood & Sons), loaded, 16 cm high

A massive French silver oval centrepiece by Odiot, Paris, circa 1900 with rocaille shell and scroll base, fluted body with applied oak leaf and acorn sprays, feather and scroll border and cartouches engraved with cyphers, 19 cm high, 58 cm wide, 34 cm deep

English hallmarked sterling silver Elizabeth II parcel gilt centrepiece with a Waterford cut crystal bowl, modelled as three boys playing blindman's buff around a tree. Decorated with gilt detail. Birmingham, 1975, Garrard & Co Ltd. Condition: good, minor

A George IV sterling silver four branch epergne stand heavily decorated with embossed vine leaves, scrolls and shells, engraved with a crest by Daniel Holy & Co, Sheffield, 1827, 33 cm high, 54 cm wide, 3680 grams, Provenance: Property originally of Th

Austro-Hungarian silver 800 standard pierced centrepiece having two drop handles & a glass insert with an inscription dating to 1929. Condition good, minor age related wear. Length 36 cm weight 927g

A George V silver epergne centrepiece, with a central trumpet vase with scalloped mouth framed by three smaller conforming vases issuing from a central orb raised upon a circular domed base. Birmingham 1914. Height 27.5 cm

Victorian sterling silver centrepiece with grape motif & cut crystal bowl (repaired), London circa 1867. 27 cm high, 24 cm wide

Electroplated silver epergne, 19th century, with an etched glass trumpet shaped flower holder above a circular dish, the spreading triangular column set with winged horses, on square stepped feet, marked HW&C. Height 50 cm

A sterling silver centrepiece. The crystal shade held aloft by a classically robed figure of a lady London, 1871. Maker probably J. E. W. & J Barnard. Converted to lamp. Height 60 cm. Total weight (including crystal shade: 3.094g).

A Victorian Sterling Silver and cut glass epergne, Mathew Boulton, Birmingham date marks rubbed 255gms 36 cm high

George VI hallmarked sterling silver four flutes epergne. Birmingham 1938, makers mark rubbed. Weighted base separated but available. Height 26 cm

A large .900 European silver centrepiece or jardiniere, mid to late 19th century, the impressive oval form centrepiece having a striking spiral fluted design throughout with a gallery style pierced acanthus leaf border, applied fern frond style handles and

A George V silver centrepiece, the central basket raised on a trumpet form pedestal and with three hanging baskets of conforming design suspended around it. The walls of each with trellis design. Birmingham 1912 by Stewart Dawson & Co. Raised on turned woo

Antique Continental silver and etched glass table centre piece (glass repaired)

A mirrored silver table centre piece, 19th century, European, indistinct hallmarks, having a foliate and scrolled oval frame and raised on four small stepped feet, with a bevelled mirror to the centre bordered with a pinched drapery motif; hallmarks to rim

A fine Elizabeth II silver swan centrepiece, naturalistically modelled with hollow interior, C J Vander Ltd., London 1977. Length 32 cm. Weight approx. 4.5kgs

A sterling silver centrepiece of a cherub seated on a conch shell, marked 925 to base. Height 21 cm. Weight 1.584kg

A Georgian style silver centrepiece, the central vase double walled and with four branches holding pierced baskets, James Dixon and Sons, Sheffield 1901. Height 23 cm. Weight 1.663 kg

A George IV silver table centrepiece with four crystal dishes on scrolling branches; with outswept square base; Matthew Boulton, Birmingham 1824. Height 37 cm. Total weight approx 3015g

Ettore Leguti via Borromei, Milan c.1975 centrepiece of lobed oval form, the lobes with floral scrollwork, foliate scroll handles raised on an oval foot and four pierced foliate feet, engraved with the words 'Cesselato a mano, AGMA', 800 standard silver, w

Italian silver centrepiece. Bears label 'Astrea di Lello Invernizi, Roma.' unmarked. Provenance: Private Collection, ACT. Length 41 cm. Height 17 cm. Weight 996g

A silver four-trumpet centrepiece with stepped circular base, Birmingham 1915. Height 26 cm

A sterling silver epergne. 1901 London, with maker's marks for Mappin Bros, of pleasing plain form, a slender trumpet with a floriform rim and upon a conforming and weighted base, having four radiating arms to the lower stem holding removable trumpets, wit

Antique four trumpet sterling silver epergne, 32 cm high, marked for Chester 1910-11, approx 790 grams

Large George V sterling silver epergne with 7 trumpets, hallmarked Birmingham 1914, 30 cm high

Small Edwardian sterling silver epergne, hallmarks rubbed, circa 1903, 18 cm high

George V sterling silver epergne hallmarked Birmingham 1915, with presentation engraving, 20 cm high approx

A silver centrepiece maker Alexander Macrae, London 1874, the shaped base with fox heads, a bulbous stem with chased decoration above palm leaves. 950 gm

English hallmarked sterling silver centrepiece the silver support modelled as a grape vine upon rococo style base, with later crystal basket. London, 1866, maker, Alexander Macrae height 26 cm (not including crystal). Weight 825g

A fine quality George III sterling silver epergne by Thomas Powell, London 1764. 35 cm high, approximately 46 cm wide, weight 3.86kg

Hallmarked sterling silver double handled figural centrepiece of navette form, flanked with figures of shepherd and shepherdess, stamped to the foot 'R&S Garrard Panton St. London', with insert (unmarked). London, 1872, maker R & S Garrard & Co dimensions

Austrian Secessionist silver centrepiece. Town mark for Vienna, Diana head hallmark.800 silver, makers mark unclear. Banded and patterned quarter design, square section supports. Height 27 cm. Weight 600g

A fine quality Victorian sterling silver and crystal centrepiece, maker's mark Walter & John Barnard, London circa 1878, applied with female figures, foliate cast decoration and diamond cut crystal bowl, 41 cm wide, 3570 grs total weight of silver (excludi

Sterling silver centrepiece with five candle holders, 1000 grams (32oz troy)

An Australian silver comport, by Hardy Brothers, Sydney, circa 1900, raised on a circular foot with three scroll stem and branches supporting a bowl, marked 'Hardy Bros Ltd. / Sydney' 30 cm high, 1100gms (35.4oz). Exhibited: Powerhouse Museum Sydney 1984-1