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Epergne

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Epergne

Date: 1860-1880
Medium: Glass
Dimensions:
Overall: 22 1/2 × 11 5/8in. (57.2 × 29.5cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase with the Mr. and Mrs. Erving Pruyn Fund
Object number: 94.17
Label Text
By the mid-nineteenth century, wealthy Americans had adopted the fashionable dining practice of serving à la russe (in the Russian style). In this mode, food is placed on the sideboard instead of on the table, and the servants attend, carve, and serve. Elaborate centerpieces could then take the stage where, previously, food had been the primary display. This change in convention spurred an increase in the number of centerpieces produced in and imported to America. Epergnes, vases, and decorative figures were luxuriously filled with flowers and fruits.

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