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 clear crystal one with cut base and stopper to add a little shine and light. The carafe is likely by Baccarat, though no signature is on the items they produced prior to 1930, remember, and these are mostly all 1800s items. This one will go from casual dining to formal, depending on your table setting, and while it is simple in design, you'll find your guests love the added charm and ease of serving their own wine at dinner, as needed. Most of us don't cater or have servants when we entertain, so this takes a little pressure off the host/hostess so you can fully enjoy dining with your guests, too. But mostly, it's just that one more little French custom you'll incorporate into your dining. Gather a collection of these, all similar in size, perhaps or maybe all in colored glass - you'll never get a big set of matching ones for the table, so mix/match is de rigor here. I'll add a photo showing the small carafe placement/use at the table of Tzarina Catherine of Russia, taken when I was there at the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg - you know how St. Petersburg based everything on the French aesthetic and tradition, after all.
Good condition with a rim chip, (marked with 'x') and with no cracks or hairlines at all. Pretty, though, in its simple elegant and traditional form. Fun!
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