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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.’
- ‘Why, I was admiring the beautiful epergne in the drawing room.’
- ‘Among the donations by Schuyler's great-grandson is a delicate silver epergne made in London in 1774-1775, reportedly used by Philip Schuyler during the American Revolution, and an unmarked plateau that may have been used with it.’
Early 18th century perhaps an altered form of French épargne ‘saving, economy’.
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