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4080 A Fine Shouldered Decanter Engraved MOUNTAIN

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This is a fine example of a 'shouldered' decanter, and is the transitional shape between the early shaft & globe (see 4081) and the sugar loaf, where the widest part of the body is higher, and the lower half tapers outwards.  It is solidly blown and is a fine 'colour'.  It retains its original (probably) stopper of the facetted spire type.

The body is engraved with a 'label' for MOUNTAIN suspended by a 'chain' and with sprigs of lily of the valley, a bunch of grapes and vine foliage and tendrils.

Mountain is a fortified dessert wine made from white grapes grown inland from Malaga. If the number of silver wine labels engraved for 'Mountain' are anything to go by, then mountain was a very popular wine in the period 1740 - 1830, but it is very difficult to locate in the 21st century!  We did have three bottles about 20 years ago which were specially ordered by specialist Spanish wine merchants, Laymont & Shaw, as mountain was a favourite of L&S's owner, John Hawes.  Happily we still have two bottles left, one of which will be included in the price!

Date: c.1750-60

Dimensions: 11.3", 28.7 cm. high incl stopper

Price: UK customers £1,485, US customers $2,005, Euro customers €1,710, Australian customers $2,600

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