The Elegant Epergne

An Epergne is an ornate, formal centerpiece used to both display and serve food. It is both an efficient and convenient food receptacle and also an elaborate and opulent decorative piece. The word ‘epergne’ originates from the French word ‘epaigner’ which means “thrifty.” The epergne was certainly that: it saved space by being in a tiered form, and money by ensuring guests had to themselves, thus being less likely to be wasted.

Epergne Displays

Epergnes were once given pride of place due to their ornate form. They were shiny, bright, silver, and very expensive. They shouted wealth and prosperity, and announced that you had arrived in society. The Victorians subsequently made them much smaller and much more delicate; Edwardians made them impressive once more, with color and delicacy rather than grandeur. Today’s Epergne may not warrant the whole table, but why not give it a place of honor in a display case?

Reed & Barton Five Light Epergne

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White Hobnob Fenton Epergne

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Nickel Mini Epergne

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Five Light Epergne By Reed & Barton

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Epergne Guides

Alfred Gilbert – Epergne Presented To Queen Victoria

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Tiered Serving Trays

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