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 (ĭ-pûrn′, ā-pârn′)
A large table centerpiece consisting of a frame with extended arms or branches supporting holders, as for flowers, fruit, or sweetmeats.

[Perhaps alteration of French épargne, a saving, from épargner, to save, from Old French espargnier, of Germanic origin.]
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(Furniture) an ornamental centrepiece for a table: a stand with holders for sweetmeats, fruit, flowers, etc
[C18: probably from French épargne a saving, from épargner to economize, of Germanic origin; compare spare]
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(ɪˈpɜrn, eɪˈpɛərn)

an ornamental stand or dish for holding fruit, flowers, etc., used as a centerpiece.
[1755–65; perhaps < French épargne treasury, saving, n. derivative of épargner to save < Germanic; compare German sparen to save, spare]
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Noun1.epergne - a large table centerpiece with branching holders for fruit or sweets or flowersepergne - a large table centerpiece with branching holders for fruit or sweets or flowers
centerpiece, centrepiece - something placed at the center of something else (as on a table)
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References in classic literature ?
An epergne or centrepiece of some kind was in the middle of this cloth; it was so heavily overhung with cobwebs that its form was quite undistinguishable; and, as I looked along the yellow expanse out of which I remember its seeming to grow, like a black fungus, I saw speckled-legged spiders with blotchy bodies running home to it, and running out from it, as if some circumstances of the greatest public importance had just transpired in the spider community.
'Here you have as much of me in my ugliness as if I were only lead; but I am so many ounces of precious metal worth so much an ounce;--wouldn't you like to melt me down?' A corpulent straddling epergne, blotched all over as if it had broken out in an eruption rather than been ornamented, delivered this address from an unsightly silver platform in the centre of the table.
In the 1850s, for example, the indebtedness of the fourth Earl of Milltown, whose weakness for the turf excited comment among contemporaries, required him to dispose of certain family items such as a rococo silver epergne and plateau made in 1742-43 for the first Earl by George Wickes.
The cake table was decorated with a silver epergne that was given to the groom's grandmother by his grandfather on their twenty-fifth anniversary.
BROUGHT in recently to one of our valuation days: a beautiful epergne.
And her crock for dill pickles that came with us on the train west and her epergne that was left behind in Buffalo, all would shake loose of her soul and turn back to mere crockery and glass and silver.
When I knew her, the idea of her voyaging anywhere further by herself was as likely as her setting out for Jupiter in an epergne. She too strove endlessly to keep her kingdom spotless, polishing, polishing, polishing, copper, silver, chrome, tiles, floors.
Chapter Three is devoted to the Edwardian epergne, the table centrepiece for flower arrangements, which permitted glass designers to let their imaginations run riot.
1) Eschew; 2) Wrath; 3) Hip; 4) Pristine; 5) Epergne.
3), reviews "Inventing New Britain: The Victorian Vision" (the title of a Victoria and Albert Exhibition in 2001) in the persona of a skeptical and sometimes aggrieved William Morris: "The first crafted object my gaze lighted upon [for example] was a huge silver-gilt epergne designed by the Consort, depicting a variety of dogs and their dead victims,--hares, rats and so forth.
Two's Company is introducing a silverplated Premiere Epergne and Flower Vase with four bowls, which retails for a suggested $275.
There are British country-house provenances galore, not least for the extraordinary rococo silver-gilt epergne and plateau of 1755 made for Burghley House and with the maker's mark of Edward Wakelin ($800,000$1.2m; Fig.