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20th Century Victorian Style Handcrafted Sterling Silver Epergne, Italy, 1998

US$11,522.29

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A remarkable Victorian style handcrafted chiseled sterling silver epergne by Italian silversmith Argenteria Auge from Milan. The entire epergne is beautifully embellished with flowers, leaves and hearts. Epergnes have been a lasting symbol of dining elegance and social status for over 300 years. The crafting of an epergne was considered to be the true test of skill for a silversmith. They were considered more than dining pieces, but as status symbols of influence and taste. The term epergne is used to describe a table centerpiece made of silver or glass that has a central bowl and branches from which hang delicate baskets to hold sweets, relishes, condiments or candles. It can also refer to a centerpiece that has trumpet-shaped vases to hold fresh flowers. It is believed that the design of the epergne is an evolution of several dining pieces. The nef, a dining centerpiece in the form of a boat, originated in the Middle Ages and was used to hold salt or other condiments. Other influences include the salt, a ceremonial dish used in the Elizabethan period, and the surtout de table, a French centerpiece popular in the early 18th century. By the mid-1700s, the form had evolved to what we know today as the epergne. New. Never Used Italian all-marks Weight: 2480 grams.

Details

  • Creator
    Argenteria Auge (Manufacturer, Metalworker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 10.24 in. (26 cm)Width: 20.08 in. (51 cm)Depth: 15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Style
    Victorian (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1990-1999
  • Date of Manufacture
    1998
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Cagliari, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3136321655772

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    Ships From: Cagliari, Italy
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