19th Century Silverplate & Cut Glass Epergne
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This four-branch epergne, or sweetmeat server, is a grand piece that traces to a time when presentation was a component part of the culinary experience.
It is comprised of a silverplate frame that supports one central and four subsidiary cut glass dishes. Large scale, it stands 11" at the highest edge of the main bowl and is 14" across length and width. The main bowl measures 10 1/2" x 7" x 3" deep. The small bowls are 4 1/2" x 3" x 1 3/4" deep.
This has a history in a single family, with a provenance that grows faint past about 100 years.
Likely English in origin, the glass is heavy, has a diamond cut, and may be Irish.
The cutting is sharp and the glass itself remains bright and clear. One corner of one of the small dishes was broken and glued back in place, otherwise the condition is very good with no cracks or obvious chips.
The frame is quite intricate. It stands on four paw feet that support tall, slender legs. There is a brace toward the lower part of the legs and this has four brackets into which the removable arms fit. There is a fluted, cup-like detail in the lower center. This has an oak leaf and acorn decorative finial that unscrews. The upper portion of the frame that supports the main bowl has a 1" wide band that is imprinted with an oak and acorn design, which unites the design with the lower element.
The silver portion is in exceptionally fine condition. There are no breaks or repairs. There is minimal surface wear of the silver, largely on the leg edges, exposing the copper under metal.
There are no marks on either the silver or the glass.