An Epergne is described as a centerpiece which may be used to serve food (nuts and candies) as well as display flowers. Most often a piece like this would be used for decoration only. Epergnes were originally made on both sides of the Atlantic, with perhaps the fanciest coming from France. The English made epergnes as early as the 1860's in Sheffield plate. Brass versions made their appearance in the Orient in the last century. The carnival glass makers of this century contributed some of the most colorful versions including the fountain epergne. Rita S. Ryan Presents: "Epergne in Clay" a unique beautiful representation piece.