A George II Sterling Silver and Silverplate Eight Arm Basket Epergne, Thomas Gilpin, London, ca. 1757-58, Having an oval cast openwork structure of scrolls, foliage, flowers and other ornamentation, complete with eight branches each ending in a silver-mounted circular cut-glass dish and central detachable basket. Contains the maker's mark of Thomas Gilpin on rims of dishes, basket and base, and full hallmarks on basket and base; lacking hallmarks on rims of dishes and branches. Dimensions: h: 16 x w: 22 1/2 x d: 20 3/4 in. Bowl dimensions: h: 2 x dia: 5 5/8 in.