Large antique pair of silvered bronze centrepieces by Christofle

By Christofle (French, active from 1830)


This magnificent pair of centrepieces is adorned with ornate decorations, including depictions of cherubs and engravings, all with important symbolism.


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Wonderfully crafted from silvered bronze, this pair of centrepieces, with their impressive size and interesting adornments, is one of the more impressive and desirable representations of Christofle’s creations. The Christofle firm was founded in 1830 and is renowned for introducing the complex techniques of electrolytic gilding and silver-plating to the 19th century French market. They continue to produce exceptional pieces today.

The two centrepieces are of a very similar design. Topping them is a pierced basket adorned with a central scallop-shaped feature from which extend scrolls and acanthus leaf handles. This is supported by a narrow base attached to a very elaborate stand. Large scrolls act as the frame, one filled with two charming putti. Their happy facial expressions and relaxed postures add to the interest of the piece. Grape vines surround the figures, even decorating one of their heads, this being representative of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. The outer parts of the stand are mounted with flowers and foliage, a trail of oak leaves cascading down. Ancient kings wore crowns of oak leaves as a symbol of the god they represented as kings on Earth, adding yet another important symbolism to these antiques.  

The plinth on which the cherubs rest is adorned with further nature-inspired motifs. Four cartouches, two on each centrepiece, are engraved with coats of arms, perhaps of the families they were originally crafted for.  

The superb centrepieces are supported by four acanthus-shaped feet, their design seamlessly blending in with the rest of the luxurious composition.

The pieces are stamped on the base ‘CHRISTOFLE’ alongside other markings.

Of outstanding quality, this pair of Christofle centrepieces is a very desirable addition to one’s collection of antiques.


Artist / Maker
By Christofle (French, active from 1830)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
19th Century
Napoleon III
Silvered bronze


66 cm / 26 inches
45 cm / 17.7 inches
33 cm / 13 inches


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