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Glass Compotes

The glass footed bowl compote is a tidbit of Old World timelessness. Designed to showcase its namesake iconic French dessert rendered from fruit and sugary syrup, the glass compote elevated the elegance of post-dinner desserts and was eventually used in a wider variety of applications.

The footed bowl was introduced far back in human history, but it was not until more recent times that the elegant compote came into popularity. As glass production became more refined over the course of the 17th and 18th centuries, footed glass bowls with elegant details began to grace refined tables. Luxurious crystal and glass compotes, some with lids, became a centerpiece of sorts for many table settings. Though first intended for serving the eponymous French fruit recipe it is named after, the compote eventually increased its versatility by featuring candies and other delicacies.

A unique 20th-century compote innovation was the creation of the wedding box. Produced by makers such as Fostoria and Westmoreland, these footed and lidded bowls were square in shape and featured brilliant facets of glass, an ideal piece to gift to a newly married couple. Beyond these wedding boxes, compotes continue to be celebrated for their classic craftsmanship and quality.


Quick Facts

  • The origins of the compote dessert date to the medieval era, when common contention suggests that sugar-stewed fruit aided in the body's humidity
  • Compotes are also known as comports or footed bowls
  • One of the most ingenious aspects of Westmoreland's wedding box was that the lid was designed as means to increase the height of the vessel: when placed under the base, the knob would rest inside the base's lower foot to elevate the bowl

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Pairpoint Sterling & Green Art Glass Compotes
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Pairpoint Sterling & Green Art Glass Compotes
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$388 Bids
Incised Glass Compote
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Incised Glass Compote
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$53 Bids
Incised Glass Compote
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Incised Glass Compote
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$52 Bids
Incised Glass Compote
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Incised Glass Compote
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
VINTAGE PRESSED GLASS STANDS & COMPOTES
Oct 25, 9:00 AM CDT
VINTAGE PRESSED GLASS STANDS & COMPOTES
by Jackson's International
Est: $20- $50
$200 Bids
VINTAGE PATTERN GLASS GROUP
Oct 25, 9:00 AM CDT
VINTAGE PATTERN GLASS GROUP
by Jackson's International
Est: $10- $20
$100 Bids
A 19th century English comport having pierced border. Titled 'January'. H 7cm, W 23cm
Oct 09, 12:00 PM AEDT
A 19th century English comport having pierced border. Titled 'January'. H 7cm, W 23cm
by Christian McCann Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD900 Bids
CLEAR & FROSTED GLASS BOWL & COMPOTE
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
CLEAR & FROSTED GLASS BOWL & COMPOTE
by Converse Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$100 Bids
Modern Cased Glass Compote Bowl H 9", D 7"
Oct 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Modern Cased Glass Compote Bowl H 9", D 7"
by DuMouchelles
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
American Large Amber Glass "Sea Shell" Compote, C 1880 H 10", W 8", L 10"
Oct 12, 11:00 AM EDT
American Large Amber Glass "Sea Shell" Compote, C 1880 H 10", W 8", L 10"
by DuMouchelles
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
Hawkes Sterling Silver & Iridescent Crystal Compote
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
Hawkes Sterling Silver & Iridescent Crystal Compote
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
10pc Classic Tiffin Franciscan Etched Glass Low Sherbet Compote Glasses Dancer
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
10pc Classic Tiffin Franciscan Etched Glass Low Sherbet Compote Glasses Dancer
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $200- $250
$1500 Bids
7pc Set of Thomas Webb Cut Glass Sherbet Compotes, cross hatch and leaf cuts
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
7pc Set of Thomas Webb Cut Glass Sherbet Compotes, cross hatch and leaf cuts
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $200- $250
$1800 Bids
A PAIR OF AUSTRIAN DORE BRONZE AND CUT CRYSTAL COMPOTES
Oct 09, 2:00 PM PDT
A PAIR OF AUSTRIAN DORE BRONZE AND CUT CRYSTAL COMPOTES
by Louvre Antique Auction
Est: $2,000- $2,500
$1,6000 Bids
Friedrich Adler Osiris Jugendstil Pewter Compote
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Friedrich Adler Osiris Jugendstil Pewter Compote
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
Cast White Metal Compote with Blue Opal Ruffle Glass
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Cast White Metal Compote with Blue Opal Ruffle Glass
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$200 Bids
A Blue Glass Compote
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
A Blue Glass Compote
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
A Green Glass Stem Compote
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
A Green Glass Stem Compote
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
Etched Glass Compote
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
Etched Glass Compote
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $80- $800
$800 Bids
An Amberina Red Glass Stem Compote
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
An Amberina Red Glass Stem Compote
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $35- $350
$350 Bids
19th Century French Bronze and Cut Crystal Compote
Oct 16, 11:00 AM EDT
19th Century French Bronze and Cut Crystal Compote
by Amero Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
A Sterling Silver and Cut Glass Compote / Stand
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
A Sterling Silver and Cut Glass Compote / Stand
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $35- $350
$350 Bids
Rare Murano Compote or Tazza
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
Rare Murano Compote or Tazza
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $475- $4,750
$4750 Bids

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