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 late Victorian Mappin & Webb silverplate epergne, circa 1899, the central stem cast as a leafy grape vine in fruit, with two deer grazing at its base, rising to four scrolling arms and a further central arm supporting cut crystal bowls, raised on a p
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
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 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
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, h
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
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
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
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
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
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
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