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5018 A Continental Taper Decanter with Heart Stopper

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This late 18th century decanter follows an English pattern but the decoration puts it elsewhere.  It is of tapered form with a light band of 'spear' or flower engraving above a thin light ring from which is suspended garlands of foliage.

It has a heart-shaped stopper engraved with diagonal broad flutes which appear as facetting.  An unusual feature can be seen on the  base of the decanter, and is the coarse-ground pontil mark, which unlike British decanters has not been polished.

It was probably made in the same glasshouse as 5117, as the stoppers are of very similar form.

Date: c.1780

Dimensions: 10.8", 27.5 cm. high incl. stopper

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