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Decanters

With a history that dates far back into the ancient world, glass decanters are a symbol of elegant entertaining. From cut crystal to cameo glass, glass decanters all share a remarkable history.

Though prototypes of the glass decanter were prominent in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, the creation of decanters grew exponentially in popularity during the long medieval age. It was during this point in history that the prevalence of alcoholic drinks combined with the rising presence and wealth of the upper class resulted in an increased demand for the decanter.

Further fueled by the growth of the Venetian glassblowing industry, the glass decanter was a standard form among elite households by the 17th century. They were equally compelling for their decorative qualities. Glass decanters evolved from functional to fantastically beautiful art objects, a quality for which they are still coveted today.


Quick Facts

  • Some antique decanters were tailored to echo their eventual contents. Claret decanters were designed with a wide mouth, for example, to eliminate the need for a funnel. Others, aiming for colorful contents such as red Campari, were crafted in clear glass so that the bartender could easily identify the vessel's contents by color. Though some antique colored cut glass exists, it is more rare than its clear counterparts
  • Some of the most prominent creators of glass decanters include: Baccarat, Gallé, Lalique, Tiffany, and Steuben
  • One of the oldest surviving Waterford crystal decanters dates to 1789. Of the Penrose design, named after Waterford's founder and identifiable by its neck featuring three rings, the decanter is cut in a rich variety of tantalizing trefoil patterns

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Pair of crystal decanters with stoppers 15 3/4"H x 5"W(larger)
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Pair of crystal decanters with stoppers 15 3/4"H x 5"W(larger)
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Est: $80- $120
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$235 Bids
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NEOCLASSICAL CAMPHOR SILVERPLATE RAMS HEAD FROSTED GLASS DECANTER
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$353 Bids
Two glass and sterling silver mounted decanters
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
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Est: $80- $120
$302 Bids
Three cut glass decanters
Mar 07, 10:00 AM GMT
Three cut glass decanters
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Est: £40- £60
£351 Bid
Silver Plate Tantalus with Three Glass Decanters
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Silver Plate Tantalus with Three Glass Decanters
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Est: $100- $200
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A TANTALUS with two cut glass decanters and stopppers.
Mar 06, 10:30 AM GMT
A TANTALUS with two cut glass decanters and stopppers.
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £80- £120
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Brilliant Cut Glass Decanter Set with 6 Glasses, 11 Decanter with stopper & 4 1/2 in. Glasses
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CST
Brilliant Cut Glass Decanter Set with 6 Glasses, 11 Decanter with stopper & 4 1/2 in. Glasses
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Est: $0- $0
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Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
5 Glass & ceramic decanters
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Blue Bohemiem Cut to Clear Decanter
Mar 02, 2:00 PM EST
Blue Bohemiem Cut to Clear Decanter
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Est: $75- $150
$351 Bid
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Mar 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A collection of cut glass decanters (10)
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Est: £50- £75
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Mar 26, 10:00 AM GMT
ARMY & NAVY A VINTAGE CASED TRAVELLING DECANTER SET,
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2pc Large Glass Decanters with Stoppers
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2pc Large Glass Decanters with Stoppers
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Est: $0- $0
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CONTINENTAL MILLEFIORI WHITE WITH TRANSPARENT GLASS DECANTER, C1940
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
CONTINENTAL MILLEFIORI WHITE WITH TRANSPARENT GLASS DECANTER, C1940
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $300
$1800 Bids
SMALL GLASS AND SILVER DECANTER IN THE LOUIS XVI STYLE, HALLMARKED MINERVE.
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
SMALL GLASS AND SILVER DECANTER IN THE LOUIS XVI STYLE, HALLMARKED MINERVE.
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €50- €100
€500 Bids
Sterling Silver & Crystal Decanter
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Sterling Silver & Crystal Decanter
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Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
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Mar 14, 11:00 AM EDT
Crystal And Silver Plate Tantalus Set, H 13" L 13.5" Depth 6"
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Sellers Who Sell Decanters


Taylor & Harris

Taylor & Harris

John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers

John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers

Connoisseur Online

Connoisseur Online

Roseberys

Roseberys