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A GEORGE II SILVER EPERGNE
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A GEORGE II SILVER EPERGNE

MARK OF JOHN ROMER, LONDON, 1759

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A GEORGE II SILVER EPERGNE
MARK OF JOHN ROMER, LONDON, 1759
The oval body pierced and chased with scroll and leaf decoration, the eight branches each terminating in a circular dish of two sizes, each with a gadrooned border and engraved with a crest, on four scrolling legs with applied floral and foliate scroll swags, the detachable canopy on four legs with applied foliate scroll swags, with basket of flowers finial, fully marked
18 in. (46 cm.) high
216 oz. (6,725 gr.)
Provenance
Acquired from Garrards, London.
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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

Lot Essay

The epergne, taken from the French épargner, to save, appears in England from the 1730s onwards. This table centrepiece, generally raised on four feet, was intended to support a central shallow bowl and four or more circular dishes or baskets, each at the end of a branch. The baskets and bowls would have held various sweetmeats and condiments for use at the table during the dessert course.
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