A stunning matched pair of 19th century hand blown and hand painted raised enamel decanters with original matching stoppers and reeded or celery handles. The pink (or cranberry, though a pale cranberry) glass is optic, and you can see that the color near the spout varies slightly from one piece to the other, further indication that these are hand blown and finished. The surround of raised enamel flowers in whites and blues is lovely against the pale pink. The flat blown stoppers have enamel spots or dots across the top edge, indicating a high quality product with attention to detail. Note the difference in size of the bottom of each stopper--as each decanter was hand blown, the mouth opening varied and the stoppers were custom made for each decanter and fit perfectly. The reeded or celery handle in clear glass matches and enhances the style. The bases have ground pontils.
Each decanter stands 9" tall to the to the top of the stopper, 7" tall to the top of the decanter alone, and each is approximately 5 1/2" in diameter. Each holds 1 qt, 12 oz (5 1/2 cups) or 1 liter, 300 ml.
There are no chips or cracks to the stoppers or decanters, no heat checks to the handles. The enamel is excellent. There is a faint smatter of residue on the interior, visible only when held to strong light and not inconsistent with pieces from the late 1800s / Victorian era.
We believe these decanters are of European origin, possibly Bohemian or French, but we're unable to find anything like them. Certainly Moser, Mont Joye and other premier manufacturers could have produced these. They're quite lovely.
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