Large Italian silver, silver-gilt, and precious stone centrepiece

By Argenteria Fiorentini & Spertini (Italian, late 20th Century)


Marked for Argenteria Fiorentini & Spertini, this magnificent centrepiece from Milan is a beautiful example of Italian metalwork and silver sculpture.


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Crafted in Milan in the late twentieth century, c.1980, this magnificent, lavish, elaborate centrepiece is an Italian, parcel-gilt, silver, and hardstone sculpture, in the style of a fruit-bowl raised on floating scrolls above a gilt surtout de table. 

It features a oval base, cast with rocaille, which is raised on a set of eight scrolled feet in large, thick strips of ribbons. In the centre is a radiant, richly veneered oval of malachite, with small, carved harstone pieces surrounding which imitate a variety of fruit. Above the base are a set of four pegasus sculptures, beautifully sculpted, above which further ribbon-scrolls support the central dish.

The main section: the raised, intricate sculptural dish, displays a selection of fruit including pears, pineapples, pomegranates, and citrus fruits, scattered intermittently with small berries. The centrepiece is approximately 70cm in length - large and elaborate in scale - and consists of just over 14 kilograms of beautiful Italian craftsmanship. The casting of the silver, partially-gilt, combined with the use of skilfully applied hardstones demonstrates the oustanding skill of Milanese metalworkers working in the last century.


Artist / Maker
By Argenteria Fiorentini & Spertini (Italian, late 20th Century)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
20th Century
20th and 21st Century Design, Floral, Mythological, Still life
Gilt, Hardstone, Malachite, Silver, Silver-gilt
Gold, Metallic, Multi-coloured, Silver


40 cm / 15.7 inches
69 cm / 27.2 inches
52 cm / 20.5 inches
14064 g


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