George III sterling silver epergne with grape motif. Made by William Vere and John Lutwyche in London in 1765. Central domed and trellised body resting on 4 foliate feet. From body extend 4 lower branches, each terminating in support holding 1 clear and cut glass bowl with curvilinear rim encircled with silver reeding and foliage. Also from body extend 4 upper branches, each terminating in hook from which hangs 1 circular trellised silver basket with curvilinear rim and swing handle. Body surmounted by large ovoid and trellised basket with curvilinear and reeded rim. Fruiting grapevines encircle and climb the epergne. Birds perch on the branches and 2 boys with raised fistfuls of grapes balance on the rim of the large basket. A charming centerpiece. Needs to be seen by candlelight. Excellent condition with shaded patina.
Dimensions: Height: 16 ¾ in. Width: 23 in. Depth: 23 in. Total weight (excluding glass bowls): 132 troy ounces. BH031