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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 then late 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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Fritz Heckert Enamelled Carafe c1900

Fritz Heckert Enamelled Carafe c1900

The colours and design on this Fritz Heckert enamelled is clearly influenced by or was perhaps designed for the Ottoman Empire

£200.00

Whitefriars "Leather Bottle" Carafe c1880

Whitefriars "Leather Bottle" Carafe c1880

A very fine Whitefriars "leather bag" carafe from c1880 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Victorian decanters, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£145.00

Pair Of Slice Cut Ovoid Decanters c1840

Pair Of Slice Cut Ovoid Decanters c1840

Two superb early Victorian decanters.

£240.00

German Or Austrian Renaissance Revival Claret Jug c1890

German Or Austrian Renaissance Revival Claret Jug c1890

An antique claret jug on the renaissance revival style. The perfect addition to the gothic dining room

£185.00

Powell & Sons Whitefriars Leather Bottle Glass Carafe c1880

Powell & Sons Whitefriars Leather Bottle Glass Carafe c1880

Aarly whitefriars glass. A James Powell and sons leather bottle carafe

£145.00

A Very Fine French Or Belgian Glass Decanter c1870

A Very Fine French Or Belgian Glass Decanter c1870

A very fine cut glass decanter from c1870 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of antique decanters, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£175.00

A Pair of Richardson Uranium Green Glass Ribbed Carafes c1865

A Pair of Richardson Uranium Green Glass Ribbed Carafes c1865

A pair of Richardson green glass ribbed carafes. Elegantly stylish in your home. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£195.00

Pair of Wheel Engraved Victorian Decanters c1845

Pair of Wheel Engraved Victorian Decanters c1845

A very fine pari of Victorian Decanters from c1850 in excellent condition. For more antique decanters, including a wide range of Georgian decanters, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£180.00

Pair of Victorian Engraved Cut Glass Carafes c1870

Pair of Victorian Engraved Cut Glass Carafes c1870

A very fine pair of cut glass carafes from c1860 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range antique Victorian decanters, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£150.00

Victorian Beehive Decanter c1865

Victorian Beehive Decanter c1865

A very fine Victorian beehive decanter from c1865 in excellent condition. For more Victorian glass tableware and other antique tableware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£140.00

Salviati Glass Ewer c1900 - Was £175

Salviati Glass Ewer c1900 - Was £175

An elegant Venetian glass ewer by Salviati, a very collectable piece by one of the most well known glass specialists of the 20th century. For more antique Georgian, Victorian, and aventurine art glass please visit ScottishAntiques.com

£145.00

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 19th century Victorian shaft and globe decanters from c1870 in excellent condition. For more Victorian glassware including wine glasses, other drinking glasses, and a wide range of tableware please visit ScottishAntiques.com

£85.00

Engraved Neoclassical Wine Jug c1880

Engraved Neoclassical Wine Jug c1880

A fine engraved wine jug with a most remarkable square handle. For more Victorian glassware including decanters, wine glasses, and drinking glasses please visit Scottish Antiques online store

£65.00

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 cut glass porcupine decanters. For more antique glassware including Georgian glass Victorian glass, and art glass please visit ScottishAntiques.com

£725.00

A Gothic Style Uranium Glass Pillar Bell Decanter c1865

A Gothic Style Uranium Glass Pillar Bell Decanter c1865

A uranium glass gothic revival pillar bell decanter in good condition. For more antique glassware including Georgian glass, Victorian glass, and art glass please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£130.00

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. Fore more antique glassware including Georgian glass, Victorian glass, and art glass please visit ScottishAntiques.com

£550.00

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. For more antique glass please visit ScottishAntiques.com

£110.00

19th Century Nailsea Glass Flask c1840

19th Century Nailsea Glass Flask c1840

An antique glass flask for collectors, clear glass with white internal trailing. For more antique Victorian and Georgian glass as well as a wide range of antique porcelain and silverware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£50.00

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