Epergne, although appearing to be a French word is actually English. A similar French word is "epargne", which means "a saving".

According to the book, "The Elegant Epergne":

The 1971 edition of The Oxford English Dictionary records its first usage in 1761, when it is referred to as a condiment holder on the table.

Epergnes of the last 100 years or so are generally composed of glass and/or silver and have been used to display flowers and fruits, commonly as table centerpieces.

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