Silver Plate Epergne Centrepiece – A Guide

Victorian silver plate centrepiece with gilt swans
(Above – these look great with the intricate gilded swans)

At Canonbury Antiques we carry a range of silver plate epergnes or centerpieces. These ornate and florid works of art are designed to go in the centre of a dining table as part of the dining arrangement and to serve condiments, sauces, exotic nuts, small food items or perhaps in a purely decorative function to showcase a floral arrangement. They will certainly add a certain oomph to any dinner party – and also look great at other times just as decorative pieces.

Matthew Boulton silver plate epergne
slot into the corresponding numbered hole on the centerpiece. An extra nice touch are the mirrored trays that these will come on – so you can admire them from every angle in the reflection in the glass.

Sheffield silver plate epergne
(Above – note the mirrored tray so you can enjoy views of this epergne from all angles)

Working out of Sheffield – a city in the North of England – famous for steel on an industrial level and silver plate on a smaller scale, is where many of the silver plate techniques were first developed and mastered. The Elkington technique of electroplating surfaces also developed in England, specifically out of Birmingham in the Midlands.  George Richards Elkington worked in the science of electrometallurgy and took out various patents of his system of finishing objects in silver plate. Of course with aristocratic patrons this soon took off resulting in the plethora of designs and styles made.

Epergne with Elkington silver plate

(Above – chips and salsa night suddenly got more upmarket)

Famous silver smiths working out of England in the 1800s include Matthew Boulton (working in a largely neoclassical style) and Thomas Pitt who was based in London. We have a range of silver plate epergnes so hopefully you can find one to suit your needs and tastes. Nothing beats a serving lovely sauces from these works of art during a high end dinner party and they really add some style to the occasion.

Please check out our video below showing how these look in their element – on a large walnut Victorian dining table all we need are some guests and fine wine:

Pair Antique Norse Viking Plates Plaques Porcelain Siegfried Brunhilde

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Pair Antique Norse Viking Plates Plaques Porcelain Siegfried Brunhilde

Pair Antique Norse Viking Plates Plaques Porcelain Siegfried Brunhilde

– Incredible pair of Norse Viking porcelain plates
– Each depicts Siegfried and Brunhilde from Norse mythology
– In Icelandic and German mythology, Brunhilde was a strong and beautiful princess who was cruelly deceived by her lover
– Lovely quality to this important pair showing the heros in detailed relief
– Great collectors piece
– Come view in our Herfordshire antiques showroom, just 25 minutes north of London
– Offered in great shape with no signs of damage, ready for home use right away
– We ship to every corner of the planet – please email for a shipping quote

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Antique Chinese Carved Screen Painted Porcelain Panel Circa 1920

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Antique Chinese Carved Screen Painted Porcelain Panel Circa 1920
Antique Chinese Carved Screen Painted Porcelain Panel Circa 1920

– Come visit in our antiques showroom just 25 minutes north of London in Hertfordshire
– Gorgeous antique Chinese carved panel or screen
– Main feature is the painted porcelain plaque with gorgeous details including cranes and foliage
– Details are very intricate, definitely the work of a steady and talented hand
– Carved mahogany is amazingly detailed also, so ornate with dragon motifs, arabesques and floral shapes
– Ready to be the talking point to any interiors scheme
– Offered in great shape, with no signs of damage, ready for home use right away
– We ship to anywhere in the world – please email for a shipping quote

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Antique Victorian Walnut Desk Writing Table Bureau

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Antique Victorian Walnut Desk Writing Table Bureau

Antique Victorian Walnut Desk Writing Table Bureau

 

– Come view these in our Canonbury Antiques furniture showroom just north of London in Hertfordshire
– Gorgeous antique Victorian writing desk in walnut
– Fabulous piece, every interior designers dream
– Assortment of cubby holes and drawers on the writing surface
– Green tooled leather with gold embossed finish
– Curved cabriole legs add further style and elegance
– Offered in great shape and will ship to anywhere in the world
– Please contact us for a shipping quote or if you have any other questions

 

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French Antique Empire Clock Marble Bronze Cherub Mantle Clocks

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French Antique Empire Clock Marble Bronze Cherub Mantle Clocks

French Antique Empire Clock Marble Bronze Cherub Mantle Clocks

 

– Come view in our antiques showroom in Hertfordshire, just 25 mins north of London
– Gorgeous antique French Empire clock with marble base surmounted by bronze cherub
– Stunning piece which we date to around 1880
– Marble is smooth and chip free with a gorgeos red, mauve and brown palette
– Stands on the ormolu lions paw feet
– Bought from a dealer at Les Puces flea market in Paris
– Offered in great condition ready for home use right away
– Will ship to anywhere in the world – please email for shipping quotes

 

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Victorian Oil Painting Horse Dogs Pastoral Scene Signed G Roy

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Victorian Oil Painting Horse Dogs Pastoral Scene Signed G Roy

Victorian Oil Painting Horse Dogs Pastoral Scene Signed G Roy

 

– Come view in our antiques showroom in Hertfordshire, just 25 mins north of London
– Gorgeous 18th Century style oil painting of a horse and three dogs
– Classic pastoral scene and the artist has really captured the beauty to the scene
– Painting is signed G Roy please see close up photo
– Offered in great condition ready for home use right away
– Will ship to anywhere in the world – please email for shipping quotes

 

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