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Decanters and Carafes

The production of Victorian decanters and pitchers, flasks and jugs, carafes and ewers seem to have been an area where Victorian glassmakers were able to cast off the shackles of convention and produce some beautiful pieces using all the different techniques which they had at their disposal.

If clear crystal pieces were not extravagantly engraved, trailed or facetted thenlate 19th century examples were cut and polished to the maximum extent. The exemplar is in the form of ‘porcupine decanters’ with their myriad diamond cuts and angular prisms. If clear glass was considered altogether too old hat, then any number of chromatic fashions could be followed, from the blues and greens of Bristol colouration in the earlier part of the 19th century, through the inevitable uranium glass pieces and ultimately ruby glass, perhaps the quintessential Victorian colourway. All or any of these tints can be found in conjunction with different production techniques – cased and cut to clear examples, gilt finishing (which is particularly striking in conjunction with amethyst glass), cameo and other opaque or translucent finishes or whole-coloured decanter bodies fitted with clear handles and stoppers – you can take your pick from any number of combinations.

For pure ostentation, the latter part of the century takes some beating, with the influx of Bohemian decanters to the fore – bold designs, colour combinations which bordered on gaudiness and finishing which was joy to behold on such large vessels. Then there are the Art Nouveau decanters, particularly those from France, where pewter or silver - and green glass - pieces couldn’t be a more perfect embodiment of the rise of absinthe in its role as the nation’s intoxicant of choice, although such examples were also intended for use with red wine, and not exclusively for ‘la fée verte’.

On this side of the channel there had been an earlier preference for marrying metal fitments with cobalt blue glass, and for producing silver stands which would hold two or more decanters made of this same luxuriant material; these pieces – as with the use amethyst and gold – featured a near perfect combination of complementary colours, and thus make for some really very striking sets indeed.

So, although the scope for collecting Victorian decanters and other similar vessels is very wide ranging, it also includes some far from common examples of 19th century craftsmanship at its finest, both in execution and design. And, of course, the fruits of your labours should you choose to collect such objects of desire can very easily be put to excellent use


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Late 19th Century Cave à Liqueur.

Late 19th Century Cave à Liqueur.

A stunning complete rosewood Cave à Liqueur set in excellent condition.

£1,350.00

Pair of Victorian Shaft and Globe Decanters c1870

Pair of Victorian Shaft and Globe Decanters c1870

A very fine pair of Victorian shaft and globe decanters from c1870 in excellent condition.

£85.00

Pair of Peacock Blue Gothic Revival Decanters c1865

Pair of Peacock Blue Gothic Revival Decanters c1865

A beautiful pair of peacock blue gothic revival decanters from c1865 in excellent condition

£155.00

Decanter with Silver Neck Ring Hallmarked London 1899

Decanter with Silver Neck Ring Hallmarked London 1899

Glass decanter with silver stopper in excellent condition hallmarked 1899. Most probably Stevens and Wiliams

£375.00

Victorian Silver Plated Decanter Stand c1850

Victorian Silver Plated Decanter Stand c1850

Electro silver plated decanter stand with Bristol Blue cylinder decanters which have Pineapple finials. In excellent condition and would still make a highly usable as well as decorative item.

£590.00

A Glass and Polished Pewter Claret Jug c1890

A Glass and Polished Pewter Claret Jug c1890

The decorative style and the lead free glass is all the evidence required. The white fritt was a widely deployed decorative technique deployed in Bohemia and Austria and to a lesser extent in Germany. The absence of any pewterers marks or makers marks is

£135.00

Pair Victorian Spirit Decanters c1880

Pair Victorian Spirit Decanters c1880

This excellent pair of Georgian spirit decanters can be found at scottishantiques.com online store, alongside a wide range of rare and unusual Georgian and Victorian antique glassware

£45.00

Engraved Neoclassical Wine Jug c1880

Engraved Neoclassical Wine Jug c1880

A fine engraved wine jug with a most remarkable square handle.

£65.00

Pair French Hallmarked Silver and Crystal Liqueur Bottles c1900

Pair French Hallmarked Silver and Crystal Liqueur Bottles c1900

Minerva mark and makers mark for Paul Canaux et Compagnie

£975.00

A Baccarat Cameo "Tumble Up" c1900

A Baccarat Cameo "Tumble Up" c1900

baccarat crystal, tumble up, baccarat cameo,

£675.00

Victorian Ruby Cased Glass Pitcher c1865

Victorian Ruby Cased Glass Pitcher c1865

These were produced from the 1840s onwards. The handle is indicative of an earlier date than given. Without doubt the finest coloured Victorian pitcher we have offered for sale since inception

£120.00

Rare Pair Victorian Porcupine Decanters c1865

Rare Pair Victorian Porcupine Decanters c1865

Known as prickly monstrosities when made, this is a fantastic pair of Victorian porcupine decanters

£780.00

Salviati Glass Ewer c1900

Salviati Glass Ewer c1900

An elegant Venetian glass ewer by Salviati, a very collectable piece by one of the most well known glass specialists of the 20th century

£170.00

Salviati Amber Glass Decanter c1900

Salviati Amber Glass Decanter c1900

In true Italian exuberant style. Salviati is one of the most recognised glass producers in the Venetian revival style, and rightly so. The clarity of the glass surpassed that of earlier Venetian glass

£155.00

Salviati Glass Decanter c1900 Images of This Decanter Published

Salviati Glass Decanter c1900 Images of This Decanter Published

In true Italian exuberant style. Salviati is one of the most recognised glass producers in the Venetian revival style, and rightly so. The clarity of the glass surpassed that of earlier Venetian glass

£220.00

A Gothic Style Uranium Glass Pillar Bell Decanter c1865

A Gothic Style Uranium Glass Pillar Bell Decanter c1865

Uranium glass is widely collected. This screams gothic revival....

£190.00

A John Round & Sons Rock Crystal Quatrefoil Decanter Hallmarked Sheffield 1896

A John Round & Sons Rock Crystal Quatrefoil Decanter Hallmarked Sheffield 1896

A fabulous John Round & Sons silver topped intaglio cut rock crystal quatrefoil decanter hallmarked, Sheffield 1896.

£675.00

Amethyst Spirit Decanter Bottle and Shot Glasses c1900

Amethyst Spirit Decanter Bottle and Shot Glasses c1900

A fine and decorative liqueur or spirit bottle with shot glasses

£325.00

Victorian Bocksbeutal Peacock Blue Decanter c1875

Victorian Bocksbeutal Peacock Blue Decanter c1875

An attractive peacock blue Bocksbeutel decanter bottle with a stylish barley twist handle. To see other syles of Antique Victorian Decanters we have visit our online store Scottish Antiques.

£40.00

19th Century Taper Decanter c1840

19th Century Taper Decanter c1840

Early Victorian glassware that demands to be used. This was badly "watermarked" with limescale and residue from the contents. It has been "tumbled" in cleaning agents and soft lead pellets for many weeks. This was undertaken by Basil L

£55.00

Union Engraved Victorian Shaft and Globe Decanter c1870

Union Engraved Victorian Shaft and Globe Decanter c1870

An antique shaft and globe decanter with well executed cutting and engraving

£75.00

Edwardian Six Gill Glass Measure c1910

Edwardian Six Gill Glass Measure c1910

George V serving bottle from our antiques store online

£65.00

Victorian Rich Cut Decanter c1880

Victorian Rich Cut Decanter c1880

Rich cut decanter from the Victorian era

£70.00

Four Gills Wine or Spirit Measure c1900

Four Gills Wine or Spirit Measure c1900

Antique glass wine measure from our antiques shop online

£55.00

Pair Liqueur or Spirit Decanters c1850

Pair Liqueur or Spirit Decanters c1850

he WHB Richardson catalogue from c1840 contains bottles of the same form with the same cutting pattern and outlined shields. These may also have been intended for cordials such as Clove, Lovage or Shrub.

£160.00

Pair Victorian Rich Cut Carafes c1885

Pair Victorian Rich Cut Carafes c1885

Rich cutting was at its finest during the late 19th century. These beautiful wine carafes are exemplary, functional and beautiful.

£110.00

A Pair of Engraved Amphora Decanters c1890

A Pair of Engraved Amphora Decanters c1890

An instantly identifiable form. These Victorian amphora decanters were inspired by ancient Greece

£145.00

Victorian Glass Carafe c1860

Victorian Glass Carafe c1860

An antique glass carafe made 19th century England available from the Scottish antique shop online

£50.00

19th Century Nailsea Glass Flask c1840

19th Century Nailsea Glass Flask c1840

An antique glass flask for collectors, clear glass with white internal trailing.

£58.00

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