A charming antique 19th century French crystal liquor service by Cristallerie de Clichy, circa 1880-1890. In the pattern 'François 1st', named after the first king of France. The crystal works of Clichy (1842-1896) was renown for their stunning paperweights, but also produced quality crystal decorative objects and tableware, like this liquor service. As early as 1844, the firm exhibited alongside the famous cristalleries Baccarat and Saint Louis, where the young company’s exquisite colored and overlay crystal was highly praised and won honors for its innovation in new techniques. This exquisite aperitif cabaret set features a lovely rose pink colored glass, adorned with hand painted raised gold enamel roses and foliage and embellished with applied clear glass rigaree. A similar clear version of this decanter is shown on page 219 of the book La Cristallerie de Clichy by Roland Dufrenne. The set includes a pair of magnificent carafe decanters, 11 cordial glasses, and a large serving tray plateau. In overall good condition with general wear. A small chip to the end of the rigaree on one or two cordials, hardly noticeable or detracting. One cordial has a tight stress hairline, it can be seen but not felt so this could be a flaw in the glass making. There are some chips to the rim of the tray and scratches to its base as shown. Decanters measure 9 7/8" tall x 2 1/2" diameter base. Cordials are 2 1/8" tall. Tray measures 12" x 8 3/8" x 1 1/4" tall.
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