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  • n. Plural form of epergne.


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  • He entered eagerly into the canvass of the distinctions and celebrities asked to meet him at the reception made for him, but he had even a greater pleasure in compassionating his host for the vast disparity between the caterer's china and plated ware and the simplicities and humilities of the home of virtuous poverty; and he spluttered with delight at the sight of the lofty 'epergnes' set up and down the supper-table when he was brought in to note the preparations made in his honor.

    A Belated Guest (from Literary Friends and Acquaintance)

  • Central decoration usually consisted of epergnes or plateaus, the latter of which was a raised mirror, often with silver or gilt decorations on the raised sides, while the former was a tall stand with hanging arms that held either baskets of sweets, or platforms that held glasses containing sweets.

    Setting the Table | Edwardian Promenade

  • Without the tree-like epergnes, pregnant with their overloaded salvers of sweetmeats and elaborate fruit displays, the table had a simple refinement that pleased me.

    Kate Morton Ebook Collection

  • Adhering to the rocks are thin, flaky, brittle growths resembling vine-leaves, brown and golden-yellow; goblets and cups, tiered epergnes, distorted saucers, eccentric vases, crazily-shaped dishes.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Amelia, fluttery and undecided as a bird, was far too timid to do herself justice; and Zara spent so long arranging the flowers in the central epergnes that before she had finished with one of them it was lunch time.

    Australia Felix

  • Below that, spread across the floor, chests, boxes, crates, epergnes, statues, jewels, gems, cloth'the most dreadful welter of costly and rare things he could ever have imagined.

    Fortress Of Frost And Fire

  • Conspicuous in Summer by their golden green leaves, and their striking epergnes of bright emerald blossoms, the Wood Spurge, and the Petty Spurge, adorn our woodlands and gardens commonly and very remarkably.

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  • For fruit, silver-gilt baskets, or _epergnes_ of glass are especially pretty.


  • Where else such a welter of flowers, such sumptuously Edwardian epergnes, or such incredibly appropriate conversation?

    Final Curtain

  • This room showed the same care as the upper one, and the table was laid out with Hamilton's plate and glass and four beautiful epergnes held the flowers.

    Six Women


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