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5190 An Oval Claret Carafe by Powell

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This charming carafe was made late in the 19th century and almost certainly by the Whitefriars Glasshouse under the direction of Harry Powell.  The form is well documented and was named 'The Oval Leather Bottle' in Powell's catalogue, however, this example has a wheel engraved legend on one side - CLARET which makes this unusual.

The 'bottle' has an oval section and is very plain - except tha it has a single neck ring of applied 'Vitruvian Scroll' form and a pincered trailed element running down one side. The top is formed of a small funnel (to obviate the need for a separate funnel, presumably), and the underside had a ground and polished pontil.

Is it a ship's carafe?  Whatever, it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or other blemishes - except for a very small inclusion below the 'T' of claret.

Date: c.1890

Dimensions: 8", 20.4 cm. high

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