A fine pair of engraved glass decanters and stoppers, possibly Scottish or Stourbridge, circa 1865,

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Lot 149
A fine pair of engraved glass decanters and stoppers, possibly Scottish or Stourbridge, circa 1865,

Sold for £ 1,938 (US$ 2,406) inc. premium
A fine pair of engraved glass decanters and stoppers,
possibly Scottish or Stourbridge, circa 1865,
each of urn form with slender necks and everted rims, one engraved with a caped male riding in a chariot driven by two horses, the other engraved with a female dressed in flowing robes and restraining two horses and a chariot, within garland and anthemion borders,
35.5cms high, (2)

Footnotes

  • These decanters are fine examples of high quality classical figural copper-wheel engraving produced in Britain on a relatively small scale during the period 1860/80. Almost invariably, the expontents were Bohemian emigrants who, drawn by the wealth of the country settled in Victorian Britain in sizable numbers. The main centres of activity were Stourbridge, London and Edinburgh. These engravers adopted the classical style to conform to current British taste. Often derived from the published designs of John Flaxman, attribution to an individual engraver or even a centre is usually elusive. One of the most prolific engraving studios working in this style was that of J.H.B. Miller in Edinburgh who was supplied with blanks by John Fords', Holyrood Glassworks. By 1866 this concern employed about thirty men engraving "Representations of fruit, trees, men, quadrupeds, birds..." August 8th, The Scotsman, 1866. For a claret jug that bears close similarities see, Hajdamach, Charles, R., British Glass, 1880 to 1914, p.158.

    See John Flaxman's 1793 publication of The Illustrations to the Illiad and Odyssey, where one of these decanters shows 'The Hours taking the Horses from Junos Car', from The Illiad.

    See Morris, Barbara, 'Flaxman's Illustrations to Homer as a Design Source for Glass', Burlington Magazine, May 1987, pp.318 to 321.
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