M985.114.1-5 | Epergne

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About 1872, 19th century
Metal; glass; wood; Cast, wrought, cut, assembled
78 cm
Gift of The Presbyterian College
© McCord Museum
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The word "epergne" is an English neologism from the 18th century derived from the French verb "to save." The object is made up of bowls held on arms placed at various heights in order to save space. This one commemorating the Rev. Daniel J. Fraser (1866-1948) was intended as a table decoration. Its elaborate decorative elements, particularly the three giraffe heads on the base, reveal the orientalist tastes of the era.