An elegant Georgian neoclassical sterling silver épergne with seven baskets. The oval frame has bands of pierced and engraved decoration and is supported on four acanthus leaf legs with lion's paw feet with acanthus leaf garlands between. It has six removable arms, each with a small removable basket, with each arm being numbered so it sits in its correct socket. This beautiful épergne is in exceptional condition with clear hallmarks and wonderful crisp decoration.
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.
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