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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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