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 press moulded Baccarat comport, in contrasting clear and frosted flutes and ribs with a scalloped rim and raised upon a slightly domed, base of conforming design; with moulded mark of Baccarat and pattern number 4951 underside, height 8.5 cm, diameter 22
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
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
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
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