Pair of cut-glass and silvered bronze epergnes by Christofle

Christofle (French, active from 1830)


Of an unusual design, this pair of centrepieces by Christofle combines elegant cut-glass elements with superb sculptural silvered bronze bases.


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This impressive pair of centrepieces are epergnes: situated on the dining table, such pieces would have traditionally been used to serve fruit, nuts, sweetmeats, and other small items.

The pieces are complimentary in design, with the two figurative putti facing opposite directions. The main glass bowl is scallop-edged, and features an etched fluted design on the body. From the centre of the dish springs a purely decorative glass cornet vase, etched with the same fluted and scalloped design. The vase sits inside a silvered bronze base, comprised of foliate elements. One of the glass bowls is cracked.

The clarity of the crystal is superbly contrasted by the shining silvered bronze base. Each composition rests on a quadripod base with alternating ball and branch-form feet. The base is applied with foliate scrolls that mirror the floral elsewhere on the centrepieces. The glass elements are supported by a silvered bronze stem, carved in the form of a putto holding a flowered cornucopia. The putti are superbly cast with a strong degree of verisimilitude.

The underside of each piece is stamped ‘Christofle’, as well as with various workshop marks. Founded in 1830, the Christofle manufactory introduced electrolytic gilding and silver plating to the French metalworking world. The firm continues to make impressive decorative wares like this set for an elite clientele.

Combining functionality and design, this charming pair would make a wonderful addition to any interior.


Artist / Maker
Christofle (French, active from 1830)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
19th Century
Cut Glass, Silvered bronze
Clear, Silver


61 cm / 24 inches
28 cm / 11 inches


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