It is generally accepted that this type of blown glass liqueur or aperitif service set in colored glass is the work of George Sand, a noted glass blower in the 19th century to earliest 20th century, and while it's possible some other atelier was making copies at the time owing to the popularity of the colored glass sets, we can safely assume this one is George Sand. The works were rarely signed. This set is post Napoleon III to turn of 20th century, however, and survives beautifully as you see it here. The original set might have included 2 matching decanters or demi-carafe as we think of the smaller liqueur decanters (they call this size a cafaron), and probably had 12 cups and a matching serving tray. Through the years, pieces break or are parted out in divided estates so we rarely find the sets fully complete as they might have been. This is a set that will serve you and your guests very well, however, for a table of 6. The French aperitif and later liqueur service is an important part of entertaining and daily living in France, as well. A small shot-sized serving is perfect and these are perfectly sized for that service. This carafon is delightful in that it is pushed in and squared off a bit by the manipulation, where most are round. The champagne and electric blue colors are signature George Sand, and we do see this combination often while browsing the markets in France. Many collect just the little cups, as they can be elaborately enameled and very charming, too. Lovely here to have a set you can take to the table, however. Bon appetite!
Very good to excellent for age and type, the carafon and cups present as an acceptable and useful group, though perhaps only half of an originally larger service. No chips or hairlines to deal with, though the cups in these sets often have slightly rough and or irregularly thick rims from the cutting and polishing phase of being hand made. Perhaps a tiny nip from process, no chips. Charming set!
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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