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4024 A 'Bristol' Blue Indian Club Carafe


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This is an unusual carafe, but a very attractive one.  The colour is an excellent deep rich blue - the type associated with Bristol, although this was made well after William Cookworthy's* import monopoly of cobalt oxide had run its course.

The body of this carafe is  of 'Indian club' shape, and the shoulders and neck are panel-cut, with a single low neck ring.  Above the neck ring, the neck widens gently to the rim.

It is in fine, original condition without any damage, and just a small amount of scratching as found on any antique decanter or carafe around its widest diameter.

*The blue glass so famously called 'Bristol Blue' was produced by adding cobalt oxide to the melt of glass.  In the 18th century, the additive was a naturally mined mineral from what is now Germany, and William Cookworthy, a rich Britol merchant and owner of the Bristol pottery, had a monopoly of its import.  This meant that anyone in Britain wanting to make blue glass of that charaqcteristically deep rich blue (with a slightly purplish hue) had to buy their colourant from Cookworthy in Bristol.  This is the reason it was known as Bristol Blue; it was not necessarily made there.

Date: c.1830

Dimensions: 11.25", 28.5 cm. high

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