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5208 A Magnificent Turquoise and White over Clear Glass Decanter


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This is a wonderful example of Victorian exuberance!  As a decanter that is very suitable for serving white wine, it is thoroughly fit for purpose, but as a collector's item, it has equally as much merit as an exciting and rare find.

The body is of pear shape, below a tapered neck and a single neck ring.  It has cut panels of neo-baroque shape and the whole rests on a spreading foot. The spire stopper is similarly shaped and decorated.

Clear decanters overlaid with a single colour are not uncommon, but those with two colours overlaid are quite rare by comparison.  This rarity is added to by the colour itself - turquoise overlaying opaque white over clear glass.  The cut spiral decoration of the neck is a further rarity as is the one panel which is wheel-engraved with a boar's head crest within a wreath of thistles and foliage all beneath a marquess's coronet. In addition, beneath the thistle wreath is a 'medal with the cross of St. Andrew which further implies a Scottish connection.

When I first wrote this entry, I wrote "As soon as we have further researched the heraldry, this entry will be up-dated."  Now I have.  The crest is for the 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane who was also the 5th Earl.  A service is known that matches this decanter and was published in The Millers Buyer's Guide to Glass, where it was said to have been made for the 5th Marquess - but the second one died without an heir so the marquessate became extinct.  The following is an extract I found on the Internet.

John [Campbell], 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane, KT PC
born
26 Oct 1796
mar.
23 Nov 1821 Lady Eliza Baillie, a Lady of the Bedchamber 1829 (b. 29 Jun 1803; granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant; d. 28 Aug 1861), sister of George [Baillie later Baillie-Hamilton], 10th Earl of Haddington, and 1st dau. of George Baillie MP, of Mellerstain and Jerviswoode, by his wife Mary Pringle, 2nd dau. of Sir James Pringle of Stitchill, 4th Bt.
died
s.p. 8 Nov 1862
note
Member of Parliament for Okehampton 1820-26 and for Perthshire 1832-34; Grand Master of Scottish Freemasons 1824-26; Knight of the Thistle 1838; Lord Rector of the University of Glasgow 1840-42; Rector of Marischal College, Aberdeen 1843-45; Privy Councillor 1848; Lord Chamberlain of the Household 1848-52 and 1853-58; Governor of the Bank of Scotland 1861-62

On the death of the 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane the Marquessate of Breadalbane and the other United Kingdom titles created in 1806 and 1831 became extinct, and the Earldom of Breadalbane and Holland and his other Scottish titles passed to his 4th cousin twice removed, John Alexander Gavin Campbell, who succeeded as 6th Earl of Breadalbane and Holland.

Date: c.1830 - 40

Dimensions: 14.6", 37 cm high incl. stopper

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