Learn about Decanters

The earliest decanters date from the late seventeenth century and were made from blown moulded glass. They were used to serve wine at a time when there was a move towards less formal dining procedures and the reduced reliance on servants and waiters. The 1745 Excise Tax caused manufacturers to make decanters lighter in weight. The tax benefited the industry in Ireland where it did not apply. When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to. In the second half of the eighteenth century blue, green and amethyst coloured decanters were made. Decanters often sat on silver bottle coasters with baize bases (some even on castors) and could be 'pushed' around the dining table without making scratches or requiring serving staff.

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Lalique crystal 'Champs De Mars' decanter having applied wavy frosted bands, & with beaded detail. Stamped to the base. Height 25 cm

Lalique crystal decanter, signed 'Lalique France' to base, 25 cm high approx.

René Lalique, Sainte?Odile' Decanter, designed 1927, clear and frosted glass, moulded to the underside 'R. Lalique Clos Ste Odile Obernai Pierre Weissenburger, height 23 cm, Labels: Decanter created for the wine merchant Pierre Weissenburger, Alsac

A Georgian three ring decanter with Mushroom stopper, Ht. 27 cm

A Baccarat crystal decanter, Georgian style with Mushroom stopper, Ht. 23 cm

A vintage Baccarat style glass decanter, the globular decanter with a slender neck and faceted stopper, a border of small and large lens cuts to the lower body and slice cut to the neck, unmarked, height 30.5 cm

Hadeland (Norway) glass decanter opaque moss green, cylindrical form

A 19th century silver plate and Bohemian three-bottle decanter stand, the tall clear glass bottles flashed in red, blue and green, cut with grape and vine decoration, faceted sections to the base, long necks and hexagonal stoppers, the English silver plate

An Art Deco Baccarat style spirit decanter, of stylish form with black and frosted overlay glass, geometric patterns and silver neck, excellent condition. Height 22.5 cm.

A large 19th century Bohemian overlay glass liqueur set, comprising of faceted decanter with silver neck, spire stopper and eight Roemer style glasses. All with wheel engraved figure and scroll scenes. Height 34 cm.

Pair of good Georgian cut crystal decanters, height 25 cm approx

Pair of Georgian cut glass decanters, height 24 cm approx

Pair of Georgian 'Ring Neck' decanters with bull's eye stoppers

A Murano Venezia Aqua glass round decanter, height 15 cm

An Orrefors decanter, circa 1972, of elegant tear drop form with an elongated stopper, paper label to the body and etched marks underside. Height 36 cm

A Lalique France 'Femmes Antiques' decanter & tumbler set, comprising decanter and six tumblers, (7)

Two Baccarat decanters with Georg Jensen Stoppers, with a sterling silver mounted claret jug and silver plate mounted water jug, (4)

A Georgian decanter, three rings to neck and decoratively cut body, mushroom stopper.

A fine Murano glass bottle vase decanter, second half 20th century, the slender ribbed handblown vase with contrasting clear and opaque white canes and narrow ribbons of cased copper aventurine, with a floriform rim and surmounted by blown glass stopper wi

A fine Murano glass bottle decanter with Bold stopper, second half 20th century. in raspberry pink colours with a spiral rib design enhanced with gold foil inclusions, an applied rim, four textured berry like prunts to the body, the elaborate stopper of co

Bohemian glass decanter and six stemmed glasses, with gilt and floral decoration

A boxed Flynn silver mounted Orrefors crystal decanter, with a naturalistic silver collar to the neck and a small platypus mount to the base and stopper, maker's marks to the base, signed Orrefors, 31.5 cm high (substantial loss to stopper)

A pair of Baccarat crystal Ship decanters, mid 20th century, the elegant clear pair of typical compressed form with bull's eye stoppers; acid etched mark of post war period underside to both. Height 25 cm. Diameter 19 cm

A pair of Bristol blue glass decanter and six glasses, 19th century, the decanters each 31 cm high

A 1950's Italian Venetian glass decanter set, with six glasses, etched glass with gilt tonings. (7)

A Baccarat crystal Whiskey decanter, of square form with angular panels, signed Baccarat

Orrefors crystal Whisky decanter by Sven Palmqvist signed & numbered to the base. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 26.2 cm

Murano Bubacco green & white swirl decanter with pinched edges, stamped with original sticker. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 27 cm

Two late Georgian one-ring decanters, a cut crystal carafe and spare stopper (4)

Bohemian overlay cased glass white cut to green painted decanters painted with floral motifs & gilt highlights. Condition: good, minor wear to the bases. Height 40 cm

A pair of George III three ringed decanters having mushroom stoppers. 20 cm high.

A Georgian four-ring decanter with mushroom stopper, decanter in good condition, small chips to base of stopper

Thomas Webb cobalt blue glass decanter, height 23.5 cm approx, etched mark to base.

Mary Gregory jug, glass and decanter, approx 23 cm high and shorter (3)

Volmer Bohemian cut ruby glass decanter decorated with trees, deer, a church & a bird, having a long fluted stem with a round well. condition good, small chip to the inside stopper, minor wear to the base. Height 36 cm

A Venetian glass decanter and matching set of 6 glasses, early to mid 20th Century. 20 cm