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 When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.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.
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 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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