Empire style ormolu mirrored surtout de table


Expertly made and adorned with portrayals of the Greek God of wine, this table centrepiece adds elegance and grandeur to any formal dinner party.


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This superb surtout de table, or table centrepiece was made in France and is a demonstration of high quality craftsmanship. Consisting of seven sections, the pieces join to form a magnificent centrepiece on which other extraordinary objects can be placed. Traditionally, a surtout de table, was topped by candelabra, vases, fine. They were particularly fashionable in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries but are still used today during formal dinners.

The mirrored surface is encased in an elaborate pierced ormolu gallery decorated with various motifs. It features scrolling grape vines, held and joined together by charming putti figures. Their headdress is made up of vine leaves and fruit creating a coherent design. Beneath, the surtout de table is adorned with numerous delicate flowers expertly cast in ormolu, this pattern occupying the whole border of the mirrored panels.

The feet of the piece are decorated with further natural motifs, including flowers and foliage tied together with ribbons. Musical motifs form part of the cast design. Each foot portrays the face of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, also called by Romans, Bacchus. His head is adorned with vine leaves and grapes decorate the sides of his face.

The sections can be added or removed to adjust the length of the centrepiece.

This surtout de table is a stunning addition to a dining table, accentuating the beautiful pieces displayed on it whilst also highlighting the superb skills of the craftsmen who made it.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
20th Century
20th Century
Empire, Neoclassical
Mirror, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)


13.5 cm / 5.1 inches
318 cm / 125.2 inches
66.5 cm / 26 inches


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