Becoming popular at the start of the 19th Century, silver dessert stands were designed to elevate food at the table, and were used to serve fruits or cakes after the main meal. Regency examples tend to be entirely silver in construction, whereas later Victorian examples have a glass dish on the top. Styles changed inline with fashions, with Egyptian Revival, Classical designs and Gothic Revival examples being highly sought after today.
Hallmarked In 1873
Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1873 by Elkington & Co., this wonderful, pair of Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Dessert Stands or Compotes, are in the Egyptian revival style, with the urn shaped central columns supported by three gilt figures of a Sphinx, frosted and cut glass dishes and hoof feet. Each dessert stand measures 17"(43cm) tall, by 10"(25.5cm) in diameter. The total silver weight is 146 troy ounces.
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