I'm quite certain this set would have originally had a timbale, or tumbler, drinking glass to match, which would have rested upside down on the top of the decanter. This is what is known in France as a Bonne Nuit, or 'good night', and was a requisite for any well-appointed 19th century home. A saucer with its carafe and drinking glass on a bedside table would have held water for their guest or family member's ease at night. They were made in a wide variety of styles from sterling silver trimmed elegant ones that had an inner flask for liqueurs or medicine, to this more simple style that is all glass and decorative. A lovely idea, one we see done in modern ways, true enough, but never with quite such elegance as the old French sets. Again, this one lacks the upturned tumbler or drinking glass, but it's such a pretty one, surely you'll find it a welcome addition & you can add in a period timbale of your choosing later on.
Very good to excellent for age and type, but lacking the drinking glass, as noted. There are no chips or cracks to the remaining pieces, and the overall enamel work is a lovely decorative touch on the slightly champagne colored art glass. Butterflies and flowers all over the decanter and tray beneath. Lovely!
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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