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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1931M636.1
Collection:Applied Art - Silver
Date:1805 - 1806

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Matthew Boulton - View biography for Matthew Boulton
Manufacturer:Matthew Boulton & Plate Co - View history


This epergne was made at the factory owned by Birmingham industrialist Matthew Boulton (1728-1809). Epergne's were a type of centrepiece for a sideboard or dining table. Typically, they have a number of branching arms which hold small dishes, cruets or salt cellars. Some, such as this one, have a large central bowl.Epergne's were introduced by the French at the beginning of the 18th century. The name is derived from the French 'epargner' (to save) because they save space on the table.

Presented by Mrs Ellis Greenberg, in memory of Ellis Greenberg.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Silver, parcel gilt and glass.
Place of Origin:Birmingham, England