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ART NOVEAU

Art Nouveau, compared to other movements was relatively short lived and from a UK perspective it kind of died in WWI. Art Nouveau was the adoption of more organic shapes, flowing lines etc.. From a UK tableware point of view it was following the Aesthetic movement which kind of meant the UK was still making finer simple glass and was doing less of the high art work that was produced in France.

The decanters shown in this section range from 1890-1914.

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Decanters

This is a footed conical decanter with convex sides and vertical wavey moulded pattern called "Moire". The stopper is also has the same rounded conical shape and wavey moulding. Made c.1907-1930

This decanter is more impressive and subtle in real life than in this picture, probably because it is restrained but large at the same time. The shape in unusual and this is the only one like I have seen.

I think these are reasonably rare because other than the ones I own I have not seen any others. The reference I have given only has an advertisement drawing for a decanter the same shape but with a different moulded pattern.

Reference: The Decanter Ancient to Modern, Andy McConnell, page 373

Reference: 20th Century British Glass, Charles Hajdamach, page 54 and 433

Height: 12.5 inches

Width: 5 inches

This is a tapered decanter with molded spiral ridges running down the body with notches cut into the tops of the ridges. The stopper is a flattened leaf shape that has been twisted into a spiral with notches cut in the edge. Made possibly make by Stevens and Williams circa 1900.

I am sure that somewhere in my reference library I have seen this described as a Stevens and Williams decanter. Whoever made it, it is a very together design with the notched spiral motif following up the body and onto the stopper.

Height: 11 inches

Width: 4.5 inches

This is a John Walsh Walsh conical decanter with a trefoil pouring lip and engraved with shooting stars running down the body. The stopper has matching shape and engraving. Made circa 1900.

This decanter is better in person than in a photo as the engraving of the shooting stars is so fine. No date is given for the factory pattern book this decanter is illustrated in, so the date given is pure speculation on my part.

Reference: The Glass of John Walsh Walsh 1850-1951, Eric Reynolds, page 97

Height: 11 inches

Width: 4.5 inches

This is a pair four lobed wrythen decanters with no pouring lip. The stoppers wrythen elipses. Made circa 1900-14.

The reason I am giving this slightly later date, is that decanters of this type that I have firmer dates for tend to be more Edwardian. The key element I am considering is here thickness of the glass. The design is like the earlier ones shown here but they are that bit heavier.

My wife thinks these look rude in some way, but I don't know what she is talking about...

Height: 11 inches

Width: 4.5 inches

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