Fine antique four-branch (detachable), neoclassical silver épergne of cast and openwork construction, and fitted with hand-blown and cut crystal sides dishes and central bowl. The crystal is a later addition but cut in a traditional pattern of the period. This lovely épergne is perfect for use as a centrepiece to hold flowers, fruit and berries.
Originating in 17th century France, the épergne first came to England in the early 18th century. Traditionally made of silver, an épergne has a large central bowl or basket sitting on three to five feet. Radiating from this central bowl are between two to seven branches supporting smaller silver or crystal baskets, dishes or candleholders. It was originally designed to hold any type of food, fruit or sweetmeats for guests at the table and some later designs introduced other elements so that it could be used as a decorative table centrepiece to display candles and flowers.
Neoclassicism was born in Rome in the mid-18th century before spreading throughout Europe. It is the name given to Western movements in the arts and architecture that draw inspiration from the classical art and culture of Ancient Greece or Rome.
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