3041 A French Mechanical Decanting Machine/Bottle Cradle
This is a fine mechanical decanting machine in the form of a gun carriage with large spoked wheels - two large ones at the front and one small one behind. While the frame is simple, the wheels are delicately cast with neo-classical motifs.
The mechanism is activated by rotating the smallest wheel at the back of the carriage and the action is firm and steady.
We feel there is a strong possibility that the whole piece was originally silver plated, and on first examination it appears to be intact - just covered with a lacquer to give the impression of it being bronze!
It can be seen from the illustration that the carriage is best suited to a full bottle of Burgundian shape.
Dimensions: 12.7", 32.2 cm. long Overall
Price: UK customers £950, US customers $1,235, Euro customers €1,095, Australian customers $1,665