A magnificent and rare set of three Apsley Pellatt sulphide decanters and stoppers, circa 1820-30

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Lot 165
A magnificent and rare set of three Apsley Pellatt sulphide decanters and stoppers, circa 1820-30

Sold for £ 18,750 (US$ 23,482) inc. premium
A magnificent and rare set of three Apsley Pellatt sulphide decanters and stoppers, circa 1820-30
Each of square section and pillar-cut with alternating bands of strawberry diamonds, with sulphide portrait medallions on two sides, the first depicting King George III and King George IV, the second depicting The Duke of Wellington and Napoleon I, and the third depicting Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson and Admiral Lord Richard Howe, the bases cut with hobnail diaper, each with a scalloped stopper alternately cut with bands of strawberry diamonds and containing small double-sided sulphide medallions with coloured borders, the first depicting a stag being attacked by hounds and the bust of a man, the second depicting HMS Victory and a basket of flowers, the third depicting Neptune and Bacchus, 17.5cm high (minor chipping) (6)

Footnotes

  • Apsley Pellatt (1791-1863) took out a patent for 'Crystallo-Ceramie' (later known as 'Cameo Incrustation') on 17 June 1819 at the age of 29, and began distributing his wares from the Falcon Glasshouse in Southwark, London. This consisted of enclosing medallions and ornaments made of pottery, metal and refractory materials in glass. Pellatt learned about glassmaking by travelling throughout Europe and witnessing Continental techniques first hand, and also through rigorous experimentation. He is most famous for his carved bas-reliefs, known as 'sulphides', which were made of fine white china clay and super-silicate of potash which would not fracture in contact with molten glass. His 'Curiosities of Glass Making' (1849), offered as part of lot 119 in this sale, became an invaluable reference work for contemporary glassmakers. The vertical arrangement of fine strawberry diamond cut panels on glass enclosing sulphides on the decanters in the present lot is a Regency feature typical of the 1820s, and would have been at the height of fashion during this period.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that these decanters are 27.5cm high Please note that the provenance of these decanters is that they were in the collection of John Pierpont Morgan
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A magnificent and rare set of three Apsley Pellatt sulphide decanters and stoppers, circa 1820-30
A magnificent and rare set of three Apsley Pellatt sulphide decanters and stoppers, circa 1820-30
A magnificent and rare set of three Apsley Pellatt sulphide decanters and stoppers, circa 1820-30
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