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5026 A Fine Tapered Magnum Decanter with Gilded Decoration


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This rather splendid decanter was made late in the 18th century,... but where?  English decanters of this form are well known, and may have been the model copied, but gilding in this style was not practised in the UK, because the gilding has been used to emphasise the engraving, not laid directly on plain glass.

Of tapering form and of magnum capacity, the decanter is engaved with band of small ovals at lower neck height.  From the band, are ribbon-tied swags of foliage and flowers and with pendant tassels.  The upper neck is engraved with a narrow laurel wreath, and the moulded stopper with a single sprig on either side.  All of the engraving is highlighted with gilding.

While we would not wish to ascribe firmly a country of origin, we feel that Sweden is more likely than France, Spain or Holland.  We are not sure why we make this judgement, but intuition has probably played a part!

The decanter is in very good condition, and the gilding has minor degradation, mostly to the laurel wreath on the neck.  Overall, the condition is excellent for its age.

Date: c.1790

Dimensions: 13.5", 34.3 cm high incl. stopper

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