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 lovely and VERY French liqueur decanter - smallish in scale when compared to wine carafe, it would have come with a set of matching small shot cups or cordials and likely would have originally also had a matching value glass tray. The French tradition still holds that an aperitif is part of an evening, and so many of these beautiful little sets were made and a good number survive. We do have a few that are complete with many cups, 2 decanters and the tray, but more often we find the singles, and as such the size and beauty makes them perfect for use at table, one per place setting, as water or wine service for each one of your guests. This carafe will hold approximately 2 good sized portions of wine, or just about the right amount for a dinner. Why not collect a beautiful array of them, in various colors and shapes and set the table next time with these for water or wine for each guest, then unite the colors in your center bouquet, perhaps. Fabulous!
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, I see no chips or loss to diminish either enjoyment or value on this 19th century hand made beauty. Stopper is the old original, too. Very nicely hand enameled, as well.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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