This is a pair of Bohemian Czech art glass bottle decanters with cut crystal stoppers. The maker is Harrach. The date is the 19th century, circa 1860 to 1870.
Each bottle is 9 ¾" high to the rim, 13 ¼" high to the top of the stopper and 5" wide at the belly.
The glass has two layers. The outside layer is opaque white. The inside layer is cranberry or pale ruby red. The glass has a clear circle at the neck where the stopper rests.
The round foot has a layer of white glass around the edge, with a band of gold trim.
The lower belly has four round layers of white glass in a circle. On two sides the white glass is cut in a diamond pattern to show the cranberry glass beneath, and the white diamond shaped glass is dotted with gold trim. Around the circles the raised edges are trimmed in gold. The other two circles the white glass is left intact and hand painted with flowers, on one side the flowers are large pink roses with smaller flowers and green leaves, and the opposite side the hand painted flowers are a nosegay of white, pink and blue flowers with green leaves.
On the lower neck there are four tear shaped or heart shaped white glass with faded gold decoration over the glass and again the raised glass is trimmed in gold. On the upper neck there is white glass cut in the shape of leaves circling the neck, with some faded gold decoration over the white and the raised edges trimmed in gold.
Over the belly and the lower neck is a pattern of painted gold leaves and flowers.
There is more gold trim below the rim.
The rim is polished flat and trimmed in gold.
The bottoms are slightly indented and polished smooth. There is a large size number two hand enameled on the bottom of each bottle.
The stoppers fit each bottle specifically. What I mean is one stopper fits one bottle perfectly, but not the other bottle, and this is true of each stopper. The stoppers are cut crystal.
There are no nicks, chips or cracks. There is fading to the gold decoration over the white glass; however the gold trim is mostly intact. There are a few small air bubbles.
If you need to confirm that the decanters was produced and decorated by Harrach, I refer you to the book “From Neuwelt to the Whole World 300 Years of Harrach Glass”, edited by Jan Mergi and produced by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. The glass produced by Harrach in the 1850s through the 1880s are exceptional masterpieces with respect to the shape, glass and decoration, about as high quality as you can get, and increasingly difficult to find in today’s antique marketplace.
I have other exceptional pieces of Harrach in my shop. Just do a search in my shop for Harrach and you will find it.
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