An outstanding antique French Empire style gilt ormolu mounted tumble-up water serving set or «service de nuit verre d'eau» embellished in neoclassical ornamental encasing. Comprising of a decanter or carafe, drinking glass and tray, each of finely blown glass. The decanter is bulbous in form with a slender neck and polished pontil to the base. Adorned with four muses dressed in Grecian attire, each allegorizing the creative stages of the arts (sculpture, painting, literature and music). Ornate filigree encasement surrounds the drinking glass in a neoclassical pattern of winged flaming torches, scrolling foliate and elaborate reticulation. The tray is decorated with an ormolu border festooned in beribboned garland swags. In good antique condition with no chips or cracks to the glass, some wear to the ormolu commensurate with age and use.
Measures 8 1/8" in total height.
Decanter - 7 3/8" height x 1 7/8" diameter at the opening x approx. 4" in diameter at its widest.
Drinking Glass - 2 3/4" diameter opening x 3 3/4" height.
Tray - 7 1/4" diameter x 1/4" height.
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Item ID: GL-1147
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