This is my own favorite set of these. I have been hoarding it, but since I don't use absinthe, I think I really ought to let someone else have a go at this stunning set. These with 2 decanters, sugar bowl and 2 goblets are definitely originally for absinthe. The tall pitcher or decanter for water, the small for absinthe. The sugar bowl for the sugar over which the absinthe would be poured into the serving goblets. No finer set ever, this stunning old hand/mouth blown original is likely by an artisan of St. Louis or Baccarat, the ruffle-ridge trim and elegant hand painted raised gold enamel work of finest quality attesting to the origins, but they are unsigned. Larger than most, please note the sizes in our images. The tumblers/goblets are definitely not for liqueur. The set is not a wine set (no sugar in wine service) though you can certainly use it at table in that way should you wish to. Absinthe - that's the origin, and the old cabarets of artist, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec do no better job depicting the Absinthe days than does this stunning old set.
Very good to excellent condition with a couple of notations. One being that I imagine these decanters would have had stoppers in their original state, though they certainly must have gone missing early on since there are no neck scratches we normally see in stopper use. And the second issue is that there is a bit of loss to the ruffle of glass around the base of the small pitcher/decanter, the one that would hold the absinthe. It is a chip, as you can see, though it rests solidly without the piece when in use. Still, beautiful as this one is, little effect on value. I would have priced it nearer $2K if it were perfect, though. I actually bought this one in 2 trips. The sugar and absinthe pitcher coming to me only recently. They definitely all went together and it's not a mass-produced set, so I was just the recipient of great good fortune in being in the right place at the right time, no? Serendipitous!
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