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Table Decoration

In many countries the art of table decoration is highly prized and nothing can be more beautiful than an antique centrepiece bowl filled with fresh flowers or a silver table epergne gracefully decked with sweets and candies. Smaller accessories, such as menu holders, napkin rings, cutlery rests and spoon trays, will add the finishing touches to a table display. Silver table birds make a marvellous talking point.

Browse our collection of antique silverware. Tazzas and Vases, Centrepieces, Epergnes, Jardinieres & Punchbowls, Cake Stands and Dining Table Accessories

Antique Silver Tazzas or Compotes are generally flat topped stands used to serve cakes, desserts and fruit.

Antique Silver Vases for flowers were introduced to the dining table during the 19th century. They can be either solid form or pierced silver with glass liners. They can have matching lids for sideboard display when not in use, these are sometimes referred to as chestnut urns.

The Antique Silver Epergne, or Centrepiece, appeared c.1750 in the form of a large central raised basket flanked by several smaller dishes or baskets. These are normally very decorative and are used for fruit, flowers and sweets. Over the years the epergne evolved into ornamental stands, often figural with maidens, animals and cherubs, supporting crystal or silver dishes.

The Antique Silver Jardiniere makes an ideal table centre display. These can be filled with flowers and many are suitable for holding bottles.

Antique Silver Punch Bowls or Monteiths have been popular since the late 17th century. The Monteith bowl is mentioned in Anthony Wood’s diary in 1683 however the first recorded examples do not appear until the following year (ref. Georgina E. Lee Monteith Bowls). Food at this time was heavily spiced and a cooling drink was needed such as wine or the newly fashionable punch. Hence the requirement for a large bowl which could be filled with either a drink or ice, and to which a shaped removable rim could be used to hold stem glasses, punch ladle and lemon squeezer. A bowl with a rim of this type is referred to as a Monteith.
Antique Silver Cake Stands appeared in the second half of the 19th century and are usually multitiered plates supported by a silver stand. These are used to serve little cakes, scones and biscuits for high tea and can still be seen in posh hotels for serving traditional English tea. Also popular are the large, flat mirrored stands used by hotels and bakeries for wedding cakes.

Antique Silver Dining Table Accessories. These encompass the wide range of smaller items popularly used to add the finishing touches to a dining table display such as antique silver napkin rings, menu holders, cutlery rests and spoon trays.

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Table Decoration

In many countries the art of table decoration is highly prized and nothing can be more beautiful than an antique centrepiece bowl filled with fresh flowers or a silver table epergne gracefully decked with sweets and candies. Smaller accessories, such as menu holders, napkin rings, cutlery rests and spoon trays, will add the finishing touches to a table display. Silver table birds make a marvellous talking point.

Browse our collection of antique silverware. Tazzas and Vases, Centrepieces, Epergnes, Jardinieres & Punchbowls, Cake Stands and Dining Table Accessories

Antique Silver Tazzas or Compotes are generally flat topped stands used to serve cakes, desserts and fruit.

Antique Silver Vases for flowers were introduced to the dining table during the 19th century. They can be either solid form or pierced silver with glass liners. They can have matching lids for sideboard display when not in use, these are sometimes referred to as chestnut urns.

The Antique Silver Epergne, or Centrepiece, appeared c.1750 in the form of a large central raised basket flanked by several smaller dishes or baskets. These are normally very decorative and are used for fruit, flowers and sweets. Over the years the epergne evolved into ornamental stands, often figural with maidens, animals and cherubs, supporting crystal or silver dishes.

The Antique Silver Jardiniere makes an ideal table centre display. These can be filled with flowers and many are suitable for holding bottles.

Antique Silver Punch Bowls or Monteiths have been popular since the late 17th century. The Monteith bowl is mentioned in Anthony Wood’s diary in 1683 however the first recorded examples do not appear until the following year (ref. Georgina E. Lee Monteith Bowls). Food at this time was heavily spiced and a cooling drink was needed such as wine or the newly fashionable punch. Hence the requirement for a large bowl which could be filled with either a drink or ice, and to which a shaped removable rim could be used to hold stem glasses, punch ladle and lemon squeezer. A bowl with a rim of this type is referred to as a Monteith.
Antique Silver Cake Stands appeared in the second half of the 19th century and are usually multitiered plates supported by a silver stand. These are used to serve little cakes, scones and biscuits for high tea and can still be seen in posh hotels for serving traditional English tea. Also popular are the large, flat mirrored stands used by hotels and bakeries for wedding cakes.

Antique Silver Dining Table Accessories. These encompass the wide range of smaller items popularly used to add the finishing touches to a dining table display such as antique silver napkin rings, menu holders, cutlery rests and spoon trays.

  • 1667

    William Norman

    9673 Charles II Gilt Silver Salver on Foot

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    An outstanding piece of early English silver. A rare antique silver tazza, dating from Charles II period, having a plain form, thick gadroon borders, and a bright gilt finish. To the centre is a large, hand engraved coat of arms within a plumage feathers cartouche, very typical of the period. The quality of the piece is excellent and the finish is very crisp. Weight 1135 grams, 36.4 troy ounces. Diameter 33cm. Height 6.2cm. Sterling silver. London 1667. Maker “WN ”, probably William Norman* (courtesy of Dr David Mitchell’s “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”). Maker “WN ”, probably William Norman* (courtesy of Dr David Mitchell’s “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”). There is a gilt salver on foot by Norman in the Duke of Portland’s collection catalogued in 1935.

  • 1691

     

    4628 William and Mary Antique Silver Tazza

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    A fine early silver footed salver with a thick gadroon border. There is an armorial engraved to the centre. The base engraved with initials in old script. London 1691. The foot stamped with lion only. Maker “D” (see Jacksons page 139).

  • 1700

    George Garthorne

    9109 Antique William III Silver Bowl

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    An early English silver punch bowl from the pre Queen Anne period. *Britannia standard silver. With charmingly quaint lions mask drop ring handles, the foot with a bold gadrooned border. The body decoration, typical for a monteith of the period 1690-1702, has a series of asymmetrical lobed panels intersected by spiral flutes of matted background which closely resemble cornunucopia. Weight 1200 grams, 39oz. Diameter 24.5 cm. Height 15.5 cms. London 1700. Maker George Garthorne, a specialist bowl maker.

  • 1701

    Robert Peake

    7895 William III Silver Bowl

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    A rare and important early English silver bowl from the pre Queen Anne period. Large size with charmingly quaint lions mask drop ring handles and the ribbed body decoration typical for this period. To the front there is a large hand engraved armorial set within a plummage scroll cartouche. Around the top there is a band of engraved leaves and fish scale chasing. Britannia standard silver*. Weight 1313 grams, 42.2 troy ounces. Height 15 cms. Diameter 27 (top) cms, 17 cms (base). London 1701. Maker Robert Peake.

  • 1702

    John Downes

    8688 Queen Anne Antique Silver Tazza

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    A fine early silver footed salver with a thick gadroon border. Britannia standard silver*. There is a hand engraved crest of a lion to the centre. Weight 611 grams, 19.6 troy ounces. Height 4.25 cms. Diameter 29.5 cms. Marked on top for London 1702. Maker John Downes.

  • 1705

    Benjamin Pyne

    6197 Queen Anne Silver Bowl

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    A rare and important early English silver bowl from the Queen Anne period. Large size with charmingly quaint lions mask side handles and the ribbed body decoration typical for this period. There is a large scroll cartouche to the front with deep chased decoration. Britannia standard silver*. Weight 1315 grams, 42.2 troy ounces. Height 16.5 cms. Diameter 27.5 cms. London 1705. Maker Benjamin Pyne.

  • 1705

    Seth Lofthouse

    6258 Queen Anne Silver Footed Salver

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    A lovely early English antique silver tazza with gadroon borders and pedestal foot. Britannia standard silver. Beautiful plain style typical of the period. Weight 301 grams, 9.6 troy ounces. Diameter 22 cms. Height 6.5 cms. Hallmarked on the top edge with clear crisp marks for London 1705. Maker Seth Lofthouse.

  • 1706

    Isaac Dighton

    8975 Antique Queen Anne Silver Monteith Bowl

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    A rare early English silver bowl with typical decoration for the period. Large size. Particularly charming are the quaint lions mask side handles. The shaped Monteith rim is fixed and was used to hold stem glasses, punch ladle and lemon squeezer. To the front and back is a good hand engraved armorial within a decorative cartouche for the Fitzgerald family. There is also a presentation inscription underneath. Gilt interior. Britannia standard silver*. Weight 1895 grams, 60.9 troy ounces. Height 20 cms. Diameter 29.5 cms. London 1706. Maker Isaac Dighton.

  • 1707

    Charles Overing

    7801 Queen Anne Antique Silver Salver

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    An excellent early English antique silver tazza with reed border and pedestal foot. Britannia standard silver*. Beautiful plain style typical of the period. To the centre there is a hand engraved armorial within a decorative contemporary cartouche. Weight 522 grams, 16.7 troy ounces. Diameter 24 cms. Height 6.75 cms. Diameter of bottom foot 10 cms. Hallmarked on the top edge with clear crisp marks for London 1707. Maker Charles Overing.

  • 1708

    John Hodson

    9253 Queen Anne Tazzas

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    A fine pair of early English silver footed salvers of plain form. Britannia standard silver*. Hand engraved to the centre of each is a crest within a decorative cartouche. Total weight 1374 grams, 44.1 troy ounces. Diameter 28.5 cm. Height 8 cm. London 1708. Maker John Hodson I.

  • 1718

    Richard Bayley

    8594 Large George I Footed Salver

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    An excellent early English silver tazza of plain circular form on a shaped foot. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely simple styling typical of the period. Good size and patina. Weight 723 grams, 23.2 troy ounces. Height 6.25 cms. Diameter 29 cms. London 1718. Maker Richard Bayley

  • 1721

    Matthew Lofthouse

    8700 Large George II Silver Bowl by Matthew Lofthouse

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    A handsome antique sterling silver punch bowl with simple plain styling and raised pedestal foot. Large size. Excellent quality and good gauge silver. Weight 1650 grams, 53 troy ounces. Height 20.5 cms. Diameter 29.3 cms. London 1727. Maker Matthew Lofthouse.

  • 1726

    George Weir

    9737 George I Antique Silver Cup

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    A rare antique silver cup of small size. Probably a small tot or it may be a tiny egg cup. To the front is a large hand engraved armorial within a shield. Weight 24 grams, less than 1 troy ounce. Contains 25 ml. Height 4.8cm. Diameter 4.2cm. London 1726. Maker possibly George Weir. Sterling silver

  • Circa 1730

     

    9468 Antique Silesian Silver Tazza

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    A very interesting early continental dish of octagonal form having ribbed borders and pressed decoration. Large size. The spreading foot has matching ornament with matted detail, it is fixed to the top with the original rivets. The silver is of thin gauge which is typical of some early continental silver. Weight 644 grams, 20.7 troy ounces. Height 8 cm. Width 33 cm. Stamped on the edge with Silesian silver marks for Streigau, makers mark, the initials “FW” and assay scrape, circa 1730.

  • 1764

    John Schuppe

    9934 George III Silver Cow Creamer

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    An antique silver cream jug in the form of a model cow. The cavity below the lid is filled with cream which is poured out through the cow’s mouth using the curled tail as a handle. Simple figuring and naive expressive face. The body is all over chased with a charmingly realistic hairy finish. Weight 132 grams, 4.2 troy ounces. Spread 14.5cm. Height 9.5cm (top of horns), 7.6cm (top of back). London 1764. Maker John Schuppe. Sterling silver.

  • 1765

    John Schuppe

    9672 George III Silver Cow Creamer

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    An antique silver cream jug in the form of a model cow with a handle in the form of a looped tail. The saddle shaped lid on the cow’s back has a finial in the form of a fly; it lifts to fill the jug with cream which is poured out of the cow’s mouth. Simple figuring and naive expressive face. The body has charmingly realistic hair chased on top. Weight 137 grams, 4.4 troy ounces. Length 15cm. Height 9.5cm. London 1765. Maker John Schuppe. Sterling silver.

  • 1766

    Edward Aldridge & John Stamper

    8320 George III Silver Dish Cross

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    An ingenious table server and trivet. An antique sterling silver dish stand in the form of two crossed arms, centrally pivotted, with adjustable shell feet/dish supports and a central spirit warmer, the whole being flat folded for easy storage. The combined legs/dish holders telescope in and out to accommodate different sized plates. Weight 745 grams, 23.9 troy ounces. Adjustable diameter 17/35 cms. Length when closed 35.5 cms. Height 5/9 cms. London 1766. Maker Edward Aldridge.

  • 1768

    William Grundy

    9476 George III Silver Sugar Vases

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    A fine pair of antique sterling silver sugar casters with side handles. Plain style with gadroon borders. To the front each has a hand engraved armorial with a boar crest. Weight 951 grams, 30.5 troy ounces. Height 25cm (caster), 17.5cm (vase). London 1768. Maker William Grundy.

  • 1779

     

    9679 Georgian Silver Shell Dish

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    A delightful antique sterling silver butter dish in the form of a scallop shell. Lovely simple design. Bead borders and pretty little whelk shell feet. Excellent condition and good gauge silver. Excellent condition and good gauge silver. Weight 91 grams, 2.9 troy ounces. Measures 13.7x12cm. Height 3cm. London 1779. Makers mark rubbed. Sterling silver.

  • 1786

    John Scofield

    9802 George III Silver Sugar Vases

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    An elegant pair of antique silver vases with matching detachable lids. Good plain style with applied ribbed mounts. To the front and lid each has a hand engraved crest of a crown over a monogram of intertwined initials in old script. Weight 951 grams, 30.5 troy ounces. Height 17cm (vase), 23.5cm (to top of lid). London 1786. Maker John Scofield. Sterling silver.

  • 1788

    John Kidder

    6972 George III Silver Epergne

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    A superb antique sterling silver centerpiece with five detachable bowls which can be used separately. The pretty fluted stand is raised on tall shaped feet with a decorative border of looped harebell swags embellished with ribbons and classical motifs. Engraved to the centre of the stand and to all 5 bowls is a crest of a cockerel. All the bowls have elegant pierced silver with a cast border. Weight 2000 grams, 64.3 troy ounces. Height 32 cms. Large bowl 33 x 17 cms. Small bowl diameter 12 cms. Spread 41 x 38 cms. All pieces have matching silver marks. London 1788. Maker John Kidder.

  • Circa 1800

     

    4723 Georgian Mirror Plateau in Old Sheffield Plate

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    A very pretty antique mirrored stand with decorative borders and lions mask feet. Diameter of base 39 cms. Unmarked. Circa 1800. Old Sheffield Plate.

  • 1801

    William Peaston

    8400 Georgian Silver Table Centrepiece

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    A large and very impressive antique sterling silver epergne with 5 matching cut crystal dishes. Excellent quality. This elegant silver table centre comprises an oval stand, decorated with leaves and swags, to which the 4 side arms are attached. A useful feature is that the oval centre can be used on its own, or with a combination of 1,2 ,3 or all 4 arms.The weight of silver is 2095 grams, 67.3 troy ounces. Dimensions – Total width (with glass) 68 cms, depth 62 cms, height 23.5 cms. Silver width 63 cms, depth 58 cms, height 23.5 cms. Oval glass length 30 cms, width 22 cms. Each piece of silver is marked and fully matching. London 1801. By William Peaston.

  • 1807

    Richard Cooke

    9302 George III Silver Bowl

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    A handsome antique sterling silver centrepiece bowl on pedestal foot, with plain classic styling and broad gadroon borders. Good size and weight. Excellent quality. Bright original gilding. There is a large hand engraved armorial to the front with the motto “Prest Pour Mon Pais” – ‘Ready For My Country’. Weight 2545 grams, 81.8 troy ounces. Height 20 cms. Diameter 29 cms. London 1807. Maker Richard Cooke.

  • Circa 1809

    Phipps & Robinson

    6367 Georgian Silver Apple Corer

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    A charming little collectors piece. An antique sterling silver apple corer of simple form. Usually these items unscrew however this has been made in one piece. Weight 20 grams. Length 10.5 cms. London 1809. Thomas Phipps & Edward Robinson.

  • 1816 - 1820

    Rebecca Emes & Edward Barnard I

    8564 Georgian Silver Egg Cruet

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    A very decorative antique sterling silver egg frame with 4 egg cups and a salt cellar, with hinged handle, at the top. Typical ornament of the period with broad gadroon borders, acanthus mounted supports and splay shell feet. The cups and salt all have the original gilt interiors. Supplied with a matched set of 4 antique sterling silver egg spoons. Weight (excluding spoons) 736 grams, 23.6 troy ounces. Total height 20 cms (to top of handle). Base of frame 13.5 x 13.5 cms. Egg cruet frame and egg cups – London 1816/17/20, maker Emes & Barnard. Spoons – London 1833, maker William Chawner.

  • 1816

    John Houle

    8622 Antique Georgian Silver Wine Cistern

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    An antique gilt silver bowl of large size and exceptionally heavy weight; this excellent quality is just as you’d expect from a master silversmith trained by the world famous Paul Storr. Raised on a pedestal foot and having hinged lions mask side handles, this oval wine cooler takes two bottles. The deep relief applied decoration is covered in grape and vine leaf ornament, the centre ovals have a Bacchanalian scene with cherubs, a goat and an impish Bacchus, to either side there is a large bird and dolphin. Weight 4218 grams, 135.6 troy ounces. Top 31 x 23.5cm. Height 18cm. London 1816. Maker John Houle, freeman of the Vintners’ Company. Sterling silver.

  • 1818

    William Bateman

    9552 George III Antique Silver Egg Cruet

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    A decorative antique sterling silver egg frame containing 4 egg cups and spoons. Typical ornament of the period. Weight 599 grams, 19.2 troy ounces. Total height 21cm (to top of handle). Base of frame 17.5 x 13.5cm. London 1818. Maker William Bateman I. All pieces same matching date and maker.

  • Circa 1830

     

    5780 Georgian Centre Piece Epergne in Old Sheffield Plate

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    A handsome antique centrepiece in old Sheffield plate with 4 removable side arms and a suite of 5 cut crystal bowls. Can be used with just the large centre bowl. Height 39 cms. Spread 49 cms. Circa 1830. Shown here with #5618. Victorian Silver Plated Mirror Plateau (price not in included)

  • 1830

    Edward Barnard & Sons

    9741 Antique Silver Bell

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    An attractive antique silver hand bell with an embossed design of flowers and foliage. Good quality construction and heavy gauge silver. To the front is an engraved crest. Weight 159 cms, 5.1 troy ounces. Height 12 cms. Diameter 6.5 cms. London 1830. Edward, Edward Jnr, John and W. Barnard. Sterling silver.

  • Circa 1840

     

    5131 Pair of Antique Cherub Compotes

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    A magnificent lot. A pair of fine quality antique gilt ormolu bronze cherubs mounted with cut crystal dishes. Absolutely charming, these period figures have a good weight and presence. Height 42 cms. Diameter of glass dish 30 cms. Circa 1840.

  • 1845

    Robert Garrard

    7534 Antique Silver Dessert Stand by Garrard

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    A magnificent antique sterling silver dumb waiter standing tall with a decorative column mounted with 2 graduated serving plates. Excellent heavy quality and attention to detail as you’d expect from this top quality silver company. The pierced dishes have a broad, peacock tail decorated border which mingles with the inner gothic design. The column is monumental, superbly decorated, and finishes at the base with four protruding lions masks. The heavy circular base repeats the above theme and also has four lions head masks. Weight 2406 grams, 77.3 troy ounces. Height 45 cms. Diameter of plates 23/28 cms. Every piece marked London 1845. Maker Robert Garrard, appointed crown jewellers to Queen Victoria.

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