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Antique Wine Coasters and Tasters

Coasters perform three functions.  First, they prevent drips of wine from staining the table or its tablecloth.  Second, they prevent decanters from touching one another and so from chipping.  Third, decanters in coasters can be slid (coasted) from one person to another across a polished surface - indeed, in former times they were called decanters slides. 

If these three reasons were not sufficient to justify their presence on a well-dressed dining table, then their usually elegant proportions and fine workmanship should do so!

English wine tasters are a considerable rarity, and in general they were made for use by wine merchants, rather than in a domestic context.  Most are made of silver as that medium reflects light in dim light, and it is sturdy enough to withstand the rigours of commercial use.  Tasters are recorded in glass and porcelain, which probably were for domestic use.

5224 A Pair of Silver Gilt Wine Tasters by Richard Comyns

5224 A Pair of Silver Gilt Wine Tasters by Richard Comyns

This is a pair of 20th century wine tasters of small size. They are unusual... Date: 1964

Price: UK customers £230, US customers $310, Euro customers €265, Australian customers $405

4067 A Pair of Black Lacquer Papier Mache Coasters

4067 A Pair of Black Lacquer Papier Mache Coasters

This pair of papier mâché coasters are typical examples of a very popular vogue at... Date: c.1800

Price: UK customers £320, US customers $430, Euro customers €370, Australian customers $560

5056 An Unusual Magnum Mahogany Coaster

5056 An Unusual Magnum Mahogany Coaster

This large mahogany coaster was made early in the 19th century. it is quite tall... Date: c.1820

Price: UK customers £445, US customers $600, Euro customers €510, Australian customers $780

5237 A French Silver Tastevin or Wine Taster

5237 A French Silver Tastevin or Wine Taster

This is a French tastevin dating from soon after the Revolution. It is a conventional... Date: 1798 - 1809

Price: UK customers £460, US customers $620, Euro customers €530, Australian customers $805

4042 A Very Large Mahogany Coaster

4042 A Very Large Mahogany Coaster

This impressive coaster is very large, and was almpost certainly made by James Mein of... Date: c.1825

Price: UK customers £520, US customers $700, Euro customers €600, Australian customers $910

6027 A French Silver Tastevin (wine taster), Angers, 1744

6027 A French Silver Tastevin (wine taster), Angers, 1744

This is a delightful tastevin and it has a fine patination and 'feel' of being... Date: 1744 ?

Price: UK customers £1,185, US customers $1,600, Euro customers €1,365, Australian customers $2,075

9765  Pair of Neo-classical Silver Wine Coasters

9765 Pair of Neo-classical Silver Wine Coasters

This is an elegant pair of silver wine coasters. They were made in 1785 by... Date: 1785

Price: UK customers £2,850, US customers $3,850, Euro customers €3,280, Australian customers $4,990

5221 A Pair of Papier Mache Double Trolleys with Decanters

5221 A Pair of Papier Mache Double Trolleys with Decanters

This is a fine and rare pair of decanter trolleys each holding a pair of... Date: c.1815-20

Price: UK customers £3,800, US customers $5,130, Euro customers €4,370, Australian customers $6,650

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