M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
GOOD ENGLISH BLACK ONION BOTTLE
The heavy deep black-green bottle having good density and shiny surface,
the verso with a high kick-up and snapped pontil,
the neck with an applied ring; without damages and chips
Bottles of this form and color date to the 1650s, and were widely used for decanting wine from kegs.
They were brought to the table, with identifying parchment labels, and a simple stopper.
The applied neck ring was for securing both to the bottle.
Many of these bottles have been found in harbors, discarded by sailors of the day.
Those will have surface degradation that is not as desirable as the
well kept surface. Nor are they as desirable for function.
These hail from both the Low Countries and Great Britain.
However, British Black Onion Bottles are usually paler in color,
and with a lower kick to the base.
English bottle have as much as four times the value as that of the Low Countries.
The onion form was followed as a "bottle" by the elongated bottle with long neck.,
and as a "decanter" by the clear glass cruciform, c1720-40.
Condition : Excellent and suitable for table use
8" High x 5.75" Diameter at Base
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