Robin Butler on Twitter



5010 A Finely Engraved Ship's Decanter


Click on the images to see more detail

Antique ship's decanters, as many will know, are decidedly difficult to find, but even as ship's decanters go, this is a special one. 

It has a panel-cut shoulders and neck and 4 rounded neck rings below a slightly everted rim.  The base is fluted, and between the fluting and panel-cutting is a very finely engraved band of stylised flowerheads and foliage against a matted ground, and within a zig-zag border.   The underside of the decanter is star-cut, with the star running to the edge of the base, which is a very unusual feature.  The stopper is a radially-cut target.

The narrow band of engraving is highly idiosyncratic - obviously from the hand of an accomplished and experienced artist.

John Richardson was one of three engravers who left Newcastle in 1806 to work in nearby Sunderland.  There exists a 'sample rummer', that is a large drinking glass variously engraved with differing patterns, which a customer could see and from which they could order as decoration on their glassware.  It is signed by John Richardson and dated 1809.  More importantly in this connection, pattern No. 1 exactly matches the narrow band of fine engraving on this decanter.  This allows a reasonably firm attribution to the engraver and a dating.

The decanter is in excellent clear condition without any cracks or significant chips.

Date: c.1808

Dimensions: 10", 25.4 cm high incl stopper

Sold (we would welcome news of similar items for sale)

Return to Archive of Sold Items item list