A superb mid-1800s French cruet stand of wood with metal handle, holds a pair of my favorite type of "huile et vinaigre" or oil and vinegar carat. They're definitely by Legras, a famed 19th century glass maker of Paris whose glass for everyman stands today as charming as ever. While the wealthy had their Baccarat and sterling silver cruet stands, this set found more homes to enliven with the rich cobalt blue glass (mouth blown into a mould to set the bottom form, then hand fluted at top). The original stoppers and original pair of decanters remain in this set. And both of my homes have blue/white kitchens, so this one is likely to find its way onto my daily table until you buy them away from me. Love this set. Note the kiln-fired glass enamel cachet or name plate, identifying each one. Vive la France!
Very good to excellent condition, throughout. The wood stand is typical of that favored in the early Napoleon III era (black stain, ebony look, but not actual ebony). The handle is cast metal, unsure of the alloy, perhaps it's bronze. The decanter pair have no chips, no cracks, no hairlines and no damage other than a bit of surface rub to the applied glass enamel cartouche or etiquette, as the French would call it, upon which it says "huile" (oil) and "vinaigre" (vinegar)
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