A Victorian Silver Epergne And Suite Of Six Dessert Baskets
A Victorian silver epergne and suite of six dessert baskets, in eighteenth century neo-classical style; the epergne with central slat and star pierced basket supported on a waisted embossed husked swag gadrooned body, four smaller baskets on scrolling arms issuing from the main body, on scrolling legs between cast husk swag and festoon drapery, crested; the six baskets, similar to epergne, two large and four small, on spreading oval bases, largest 33.2cm., 13 1/8 in. over handles, all baskets with shaped blue glass liners 37.7cm., 14 7/8 in. high, 157ozs, 4906gms, hallmarked London 1896, maker Charles Stuart Harris.
An impressive late Victorian silver and blue glass epergne. Epergnes became popular in the eighteenth century as grand centrepieces to display fruit and sweetmeats after a formal meal. This set is crafted in the Georgian neoclassical style, and features scrolling and festoon details. The epergne features four backets surrounding one larger basket, and the set comes with a further six baskets, perfect for displaying and serving a wide variety of sweets and fruit. The blue glass lining of the piece is a gorgeous shade of royal blue that provides a perfect complement to the silver.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.