The moulded body with having eight fluted sides and rounded shoulders, below a long drawn neck
with flaring mouth and three applied engrailed rings, high kick to the base,
the glass with wonderful early waviness, bubbles and imperfections
Provenance : Bernard Watney, best known for his British ceramics scholarship and collection,
deaccessioned by Phillips London, 2000, in three sales
Late 17th and early 18th century decanters were made from heavy mould-blown glass
with high kicks in the base – the kicks offering larger surfaces for cooling
as well as protection from the often rough pontil.
They were used for serving and stoppers, when used, were loose corks or plugs, secured with string.
Between 1720 and 1730, a group of carafes known as "cruciform decanters" were introduced.
They led quickly to the mid-18th century clear glass decanters with fitted stoppers.
Condition : one minute chip inside neck; usual exterior scratches from use;
interior wear to neck in the form of tiny scratches;
nice air bubbling to the early thick glass interior