Epergne, 1807-1808

Summary

Epergnes were used as centerpieces on formal dining room tables. During a meal they could hold sweetmeats or fruit. At other times the epergne may be festooned with flowers as a decorative piece. This object descended through the Wichicote family of Britain, whose motto, "Juste et Droite" meaning just and correct, is engraved on the base.

Epergnes were used as centerpieces on formal dining room tables. During a meal they could hold sweetmeats or fruit. At other times the epergne may be festooned with flowers as a decorative piece. This object descended through the Wichicote family of Britain, whose motto, "Juste et Droite" meaning just and correct, is engraved on the base.

Artifact

Epergne

Date Made

1807-1808

Creators

Boulton, Matthew, 1728-1809 

Waterford Glass Works 

Place of Creation

United Kingdom, England, Birmingham 

Ireland, Munster, Waterford 

Creator Notes

Body of epergne created by English silversmith Matthew Boulton; glass bowls made by Waterford Glass Works, Waterford, Ireland.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

30.964.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Sterling silver
Glass (Material)
Cut glass

Color

Silver (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 13 in

Diameter: 22.25 in

Inscriptions

MB / 33 / JUSTE ET DROITE

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