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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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Victorian Beehive Decanter c1860

Victorian Beehive Decanter c1860

A very fine Victorian beehive decanter from c1860 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including more antique tableware and decanters, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£130.00

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

Pair of  Early Victorian Glass Decanters c1840

Pair of Early Victorian Glass Decanters c1840

A fine set of Victorian cut glass decanters from c1840 in excellent condition. For more Regency and other Georgian glass decanters please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£80.00

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 art glass please visit ScottishAntiques.com

£145.00

Pair of Regency or Early Victorian Bludgeon Decanters c1835

Pair of Regency or Early Victorian Bludgeon Decanters c1835

A very fine pair of early Victorian decanters from c1835 in excellent condition with star cut bases. For more antique decanters including Georgian and Victorian examples please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£95.00

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

Pair Victorian Cut Glass Spirit Decanters c1880

Pair Victorian Cut Glass 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. For more Victorian glassware including decanters, wine glasses, and drinking glasses please visit Scottish Antiques online store

£65.00

Victorian Ruby Cased Glass Pitcher c1865

Victorian Ruby Cased Glass Pitcher c1865

A very fine Ruby cased glass pitcher, the finest coloured example we have offered. Fore more antique glassware including Victorian glass, Georgian glass, and art glass as well as a wide range of silver and porcelain please visit ScottishAntiques.com

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

£780.00

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.

£170.00

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

£675.00

Amethyst Spirit Decanter Bottle and Shot Glasses c1900

Amethyst Spirit Decanter Bottle and Shot Glasses c1900

A very fine Bohemian liqueur set, possibly Moser, in good condition. Fore more antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£325.00

Union Engraved Victorian Shaft and Globe Decanter c1870

Union Engraved Victorian Shaft and Globe Decanter c1870

A very fine Victorian union engraved decanter in excellent condition. For more antique glassware including Georgian drinking glasses, Victorian drinking glass, and much more please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

Edwardian Six Gill Glass Measure c1910

Edwardian Six Gill Glass Measure c1910

A very fine Edwardian/George V decanter in excellent condition. For more antique glassware including Georgian, Victorian, and 20th century glass please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£65.00

Victorian Rich Cut Decanter c1880

Victorian Rich Cut Decanter c1880

A very fine rich cut antique Victorian decanter in excellent condition. For more Victorian glass as well as Georgian and 20th century glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

Pair Liqueur or Spirit Decanters c1850

Pair Liqueur or Spirit Decanters c1850

A beautiful pair of Victorian liqueur or spirit decanters in very good condition. For more Victorian glassware as well as modern, Georgian, and ancient glass please visit Scottish Antiques online store

£95.00

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. For more antique glass visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£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. For more antique glass please visit ScottishAntiques.com

£110.00

Victorian Glass Carafe c1860

Victorian Glass Carafe c1860

An antique glass carafe made 19th century England in excellent condition. For more antique glassware including Georgian and Victorian drinking glasses, tableware, and more please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£35.00

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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