This decanter, in Libbey’s Somerset pattern, is on one of the most spectacular shapes of the Brilliant Period. Both the stopper and decanter are signed Libbey and the exact piece is pictured in the Libbey composite catalog reproduced by the ACGA. A picture from this catalog is included as the last picture on this page.
This “genie bottle” shaped decanter is about as elegant as they come. The Somerset pattern displays beautifully across the lower portion of the vessel. A large hobstar is surrounded by intersecting bars of notching. In a larger field there is an unusual advanced nailhead cutting which takes up another quadrant of the pattern. In the center of the decanter, where is blows out again, there is crosshatching framed with more notching. The base of the decanter is covered in a large fanned star and the neck is fluted and notched. The stopper actually mimics the shape of the decanter and has an air bubble running through the length of it. There is a 6 pointed star formation on the top of it as well.
This unusual decanter measures 13 1/2″ tall and 6 1/4″ tall. It’s in perfect condition and free of any stains. Aside from the catalog, I’ve never seen another one of these so it’s a fair assumption that this piece is a true rarity!
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