Georgian Silver Epergne

  • This elegant epergne centerpiece is an exceptional example of Georgian silver artistry
  • Its elaborate design is punctuated by a pierced bowl at its center
  • Four scrolling serving arms extend outwards to hold a variety of delicacies
  • Such magnificent serving pieces are highly prized by silver connoisseurs
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This elegant epergne is a truly extraordinary example of Georgian silver design. An intricately wrought basket, dotted with quatrefoils, stars and scrolls, acts as the center of this impressive serving piece. Four shallow dishes supported by scrolling arms surround the reticulated base, which is further adorned by scrolls and acanthus leaves. The crafting of an epergne was considered to be the truest test of skill for a silversmith, and the quality and workmanship of this example is a testament to the expertise of its maker.

The epergne was introduced in France around 1715, and its name derives from the French epargner, meaning "to economize." The term is appropriate, as the epergne helped to save precious table space by elevating foods over abundant spreads during lavish meals. The masterpiece of silver design carried a variety of delicacies, from pungent relishes, sauces, pickles and condiments to rare nuts and fruits. The epergne was popularized in England during the 18th century and stunning creations in silver such as this graced the finest tables through the Victorian era.

Hallmarked London, 1762

17 3/4" wide x 18 3/4" deep x 14" high
Georgian Silver Epergne
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Epergnes
Depth: 18.75 Inches
Width: 17.75 Inches
Height: 14.0 Inches
Style: Georgian

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