epergne

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a large table centerpiece with branching holders for fruit or sweets or flowers

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Though a lot of epergnes must be viewed today behind the glass of museum showcases, there are, fortunately, many in private hands that are still brought out for special occasions.
BROUGHT in recently to one of our valuation days: a beautiful epergne.
Traditionally an epergne has a large central bowl or basket sitting on three to five feet.
The word epergne is taken from the French epargne meaning economy.
The second way in which the epergne economised was that it made for the thrifty use of rare nuts, fruits and other luxuries.
Ploughing through 100 years of Pottery Gazette and Glass Trades Review I was surprised to see page after page of genuine `Victorian' glass centrepieces and epergnes, not in editions from the 1870s as one might expect but in editions dating to the 1920s and 1930s
Then there were cranberry glass epergnes (or table centre pieces) complete with dainty little hanging baskets for primroses and violets.
With five cranberry glass epergnes in the sale, the market really has changed.
I am told Epergnes are out of fashion, perhaps their name renders them displeasing.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, formal meals were extremely important social occasions and in every well equipped household there would be a plethora of decorative yet functional items of glassware to adorn the dining table - from epergnes, tazza, salvers, sweetmeat dishes, celery vases, suites of drinking glasses, decanters for all spirits and liqueurs, table lustres etc.
In the Victorian period decorative items were introduced to the table, such as epergnes for holding flowers, cranberry glass cream jugs and matching sugar sifters.
American ladies in Boston, New York and San F rancisco fell in love with the new silver plated table settings and the epergnes which stood in the centre of the table, their glass trumpets and cut glass dishes heaped with hot house flowers and fruit.