An ornamental centrepiece for a dining table, typically used for holding fruit or flowers.
- The epergne, or centrepiece, enjoyed popularity in the 18th century.
- The consignment consisted of costly goods, including epergnes, table and dessert services and ornamental figures.
- Cake/dessert, or sweetmeat baskets are extremely popular and apart from the converted liners already mentioned, dismantled epergnes and converted goblets are the two most common deceptions.
Early 18th century: perhaps an altered form of French épargne 'saving, economy'.
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