I've been binging a bit on these smallish French wine/water carafes. Some would call them a demi-carafe, but the French call them 'carafon', and they're used at table for each place setting as either a personal service for wine or water. When I'm in France, I've grown so accustom to having these filled with water at table so I can fill my own goblet, and I've decided we all need them at home! So we'll continue to build our collection and offering as long as we find you're enjoying them as much as I do. That said, this one is a personal favorite and is truly a work of art all on its own. This carafe is thick glass, looks black but it is actually a deep amber or champagne color if you hold it to the light. Yes, brown glass but there's no way we could get that to show for you. Hold it to the sun and you'll see medium brown to amber-coloration, though. But what is really totally engaging on this one is the gorgeous hand painted thick enamel grape leaves, vine and fruits. All about the bulbous base, so pretty. Makes me think of Legras, but I don't think this is Legras, which enamel work is usually even thicker and not quite as beautifully done in my opinion. We can't therefore identify the maker for you, but as you can see in that final image, alongside beautiful hand painted china plates on your table, it definitely rises to fine art. I'll be using this one!
Very good to excellent condition throughout, beautifully hand painted in thick impasto enamel that is kiln-fired onto the glass. The carafon would have had a stopper, I'm quite sure, and there is none along with it now. Still, for use at table one really doesn't miss the mess of a stopper and you needn't store wine in it so again, no stopper, no problem. The art glass on this one is fabulous!
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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