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FRENCH DECANTERS

Buying period French glass seems to be an expensive business, but occasionally the French completely miss a piece and here am I lerking on eBay waiting to scoop up the odd bargain.

The middle ground for French glass seems a bit thin, they seem ot have produced plenty of cheap staff and also some pretty fantastic stuff, but someone like me who is looking for good design at a reasonable price there is not so much.

Decanters

This is a French tea pot shaped decanter made by St. Louis. The decanter is green over plain cased glass with vertical panels cut through the green into the clear. It has a short pouring spout pointing out at roughly 45% with an applied handle that loops over the top.

This is the best quality French decanter I own; I would even go as far to say the quality was as good as English. I have put this in the claret jugs section as it is so weird, but does have a handle, which in my book makes it a jug. The stopper fits nice and tightly, and using this would be quite cool as you could pour out your guests drinks like cups of tea.

Height: 6.5 inches

Width: 7 inches

An urn shaped decanter with a gray body, and amber foot and stem, the stem being wrythen and having a flamiform join to the body. The stopper matches the bottle in colour and form with an amber peg and stem and blown grey top part. Made by Georges Sand mid-twentieth century.

This is an elegant decanter that seems to take it's style queues from the designs of Simon Gate from Orrefors in the 1930s. I know nothing about the Georges Sand company as all the references to it I can find are in French. I do know that this decanter came in at least one other colour way, with the brown parts in bright green and the grey as it is here.

Whilst it may seem tall the stem, and long neck and stopper mean the body is quite small and holds a small amount.

Height: 12.5 inches

Width: 3.6 inches

A late 18th or early 19th century French decanter. This is a club shaped decanter, with a stylised etched flower twining around it, amd moulded lozenge stopper.

This decanter has elements that are like period English decanters, but seems all wrong in the flesh. I am not certain the glass is leaded glass to start with as it has a different look about it. The moulded stopper is shaped like an English one but isn't polished. It is just not well made enough, even when compared with English glass that is entirely plain and undecorated and that would have been cheaply made.

Height: 11 inches

Width: 4.25 inches

A late 18th or early 19th century French decanter. This is a shouldered shaped decanter, with two bands of stylised foliage, one around the body and one around the neck, in a field of small flowers. The etched patterns do have some remaining gilding in them. It has a moulded lozenge stopper.

This shape of decanter was made in the UK, however, the glass is soda glass putting a pattern on like wall paper seems to have been a very French thing to do, which is why I am giong with French for this decanter. I bought it from France too.

Height: 12.5 inches

Width: 4.5 inches

A late 18th or early 19th century French decanter. This is a shouldered shaped decanter, with a stylised foliage around neck, in a field of of what appear to be cornucopia with flowers. It has a moulded lozenge stopper.

This decanter is very like the previous one, but one thing that is not clear from these photos is how large these decanters, with each one capable of holding at least a litre.

Height: 12.5 inches

Width: 4.5 inches

A late 18th or early 19th century French decanter. This is a club shaped decanter, with a stylised etched flower twining around it, amd moulded lozenge stopper.

This decanter has elements that are like period English decanters, but seems all wrong in the flesh. I am not certain the glass is leaded glass to start with as it has a different look about it. The moulded stopper is shaped like an English one but isn't polished. It is just not well made enough, even when compared with English glass that is entirely plain and undecorated and that would have been cheaply made.

Height: 11 inches

Width: 4.25 inches

This is a square moulded decanter with shallow cutting to the body with motifs of stars and ribbons gilded on the shoulder of the bottle. The disc stopper has shallow radial cutting and a gilt edge. Made by Daum, possibly circa 1900.1820-30

The date I have given here is pure speculation on my part. What I can tell you is I have seen this marked for Daum and I have seen them come in a two box set. Stylistically they appear to be much earlier, or at least they would be if they were English, but they are French, so I have no idea really. Nice decanter though.

Height: 10.5 inches

Width: 3 inches

This is a bottle shaped decanter with panel cutting around the base. There is a break in shoulder, which are panel cut. The neck is slice cut and there is an applied ring near the top, but there is no pouring lip. The stopper is a vertical column that is slice cut. Made circa. late 18th century.

Again the dating is pure speculation on my part. The tall shape, panel cutting and shoulder break are completely French features though. I have seen quite a lot of these when I have been in France.

Height: 13 inches

Width: 3.25 inches

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