Epergne with 9 containers
Silversmiths: William Pitts and Joseph Preedy
Engraved silver with glass liners
H: 52 cm; W: 74 cm
Gift of David Berg, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, In memory of his mother Ida Berg
Accession number: B90.0523
A George III silver epergne by William Pitts and Joseph Preedy, London 1792, engraved with the Armorials of Musgrave.
The silver epergne was a fashionable piece of dining room plate for much of the 18th century, the various small containers being filled with fruit and sweetmeats. This would have remained on the table throughout the meal, providing light and decoration as well as a means of serving dessert.
The glass liners were invariably blue, protecting the silver from the acid of the fruits.
The Eighteenth Century English Dining Room, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir