A Dutch Bottle-Shape ‘Karaf’ Carafe Decanter

A Dutch Bottle-Shape ‘Karaf’ Carafe Decanter

Code: 10930


H: 22.7cm (8.9")Di: 16cm (6.3")


A Dutch Single-Handled ‘Karaf’ Carafe Decanter
Hand-blown bottle-shape with a single handle
Wheel-engraved with butterflies and flowers
Netherlands/Low Countries
19th Century (Circa 1875 (in 17th Century style))

22.7 cm high, 16 cm diameter (at the belly)

Private collection, Oxfordshire 

Hand-blown, globe shaped colourless glass flask, the neck wheel-engraved with foliage, with a hand-applied, annular, pincered ruffled-glass 'rigaree' neck-ring, a band of wheel-engraved wreath decoration beneath the lip. Single glass handle applied, with a scroll at its base. The base of the neck with a 'rigaree' pincered ruffled-glass collar from which extend eight, vertical trails of ruffled 'rigaree' ribs down the belly, the panels between these are decorated alternately with wheel-engraved butterflies on floral sprigs and sprays of flowers and foliage. A sharp pontil mark to the centre of the concave indented punt foot.

Probably 19th century, in the manner of 17th Century glass.

For a very similar two-handled karaf, decorated with birds (also dated to the 19th Century) see Rijksmuseum, Netherlands, BK-BR-132

Excellent condition. Some use related whitening to the glass within the base of the flask. Appropriate age-related wear. No chips, cracks or significant scratches.