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Centrepieces

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. Browse our collection of antique silver Centrepieces, Epergnes, Jardinieres and Bowls

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.

The Antique Silver Punch Bowl or Monteith has 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.

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Centrepieces

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. Browse our collection of antique silver Centrepieces, Epergnes, Jardinieres and Bowls

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.

The Antique Silver Punch Bowl or Monteith has 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.

  • 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.

  • 1790

    Thomas Pitts

    9389 George III Silver Epergne

    £14,500

    A superb antique sterling silver centrepiece with nine detachable bowls which can be used separately. The pretty fluted stand is raised on tall shaped feet with elegant reed and wheatsheaf decoration. All the bowls have shapely pierced silver with a reed border. Weight 3300 grams, 106.1 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 1790. Maker Thomas Pitts.

  • 1807

    Mary Troby

    6043 Georgian Silver Table Centrepiece

    £3,500

    An elegant antique sterling silver centerpiece complete with matching suite of contemporary cut crystal bowls. Plain oval shape with 4 detachable arms, classical ram’s heads with looped chains, and paw feet. The weight of silver is 1297 grams, 41.7 troy ounces. Height 24.25 cms. Spread 47 cms. Bowls 29.5 x 20.5/13 x 9 cms. All pieces marked London 1807. Maker Mary Troby.

  • 1816

    William Pitts

    8985 Pair of George III Silver Sideboard Dishes

    £22,500

    A magnificent pair of antique silver chargers (or sideboard dishes) with gilt finish. Decorated in the 17th century style with deep relief embossed fruit and foliage. The centre is engraved with a large coat of arms of Scott impaling Surtees for John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon (1751-1838) and his wife Bessie. Scott was made an Earl in 1821. Weight each 3270 and 3390 grams approx, total 214 troy ounces. Diameter 64 cms. London 1816. Maker William Pitts, known for making large and impressive chargers. Sterling silver.

  • 1877

    Charles Stuart Harris

    8849 Antique Queen Anne Style Silver Monteith Bowl

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    A large and handsome antique sterling punch bowl in the early 18th century style with lions mask side handles, typical ribbed body decoration and a decorative cartouche to the front. The shaped scalloped rim is detachable; this is used to hold stem glasses, punch ladle and lemon squeezer and a bowl of this type is referred to as a Monteith. Weight of silver 3426 grams, 110 troy ounces. Height 19 cms (without rim), 25 cms (with rim), diameter 37 cms. London 1877. Maker Charles Stuart Harris.

  • 1887

    Mappin

    9587 Antique Silver Jardiniere

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    A large and imposing antique silver bowl or wine cooler. Heavy gauge silver. Decorative side handles in the Art Nouveau style. To the front there is a deep relief fairy tale scene from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. The interior is gilded. Weight approx. 3700 grams, 118 troy ounces. Height 27 cm, 31 cm to top of handle. Spread 51 cm. English sterling silver. London 1887. Maker John Newton Mappin.

  • Circa 1896

     

    9490 Antique Indian Silver Bowl

    £1,950

    A large antique silver bowl with a deep relief embossed design of musicians and dancers in a forest surrounding a palace. Excellent weight. Around the top is a presentation inscription for the Calcutta Races 1896. Underneath there is an engraved flower design. Weight 1729 grams, 55.5 troy ounces. Height 19cm. Diameter of top opening 2.7cm, 17cm (top rim). Unmarked silver. Indian or Burmese. Circa 1896.

  • 1902

    Walker & Hall

    9960 Antique Silver Bowl

    £6,950

    An antique sterling silver bowl of boat form with outstretched gondola arms. Perfect as a table centrepiece with flowers or fruit, or even as a wine cistern to hold 4 bottles. Decorated with a wide frieze of scrolling foliage, flowers and shells. Raised on four magnificent shell feet. To the front is a large engraved armorial with lion crest and motto “Ventus Secundet”. Weight 2866 grams, 92.1 troy ounces. Spread across handles 68.5cm. Height 29.5cm/19.5cm. Top measures 35.5 x 27.5cm. London 1902. Maker Walker and Hall. Sterling silver.

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