This is something you are not going to see again. This decanter is signed Libbey (in a circle) on both the base of the decanter and the stopper. I have never (and I think I speak collectively for most collectors) seen any amethyst, American glass. There are some combinations of colors that are fairly close, but not this beautiful puple masterpiece.
The color of the decanter is very concentrated at the base, which is uncut. It’s almost black from the high amount of concentration. Moving up the decanter, the amount of amethyst is reduced, thus allowing more light to pass through it and a stronger purple color.
The piece is extremely well-engraved and features bird, flora and fruit (I think they are cherries). Typically you only see animals in American glass on presentation, one-off pieces. The quality of engraving, with the obvious use of this color makes this one of the rarest pieces in the brilliant period. Take a look and there is no mistaking how important, rare and desirable this is. Even the beautiful, air-trapped stopper is cut in pattern and repeats the flutes amethyst cutting!
This piece has a nice weight to it and is not one of the later, more etched Libbey colored pieces – this is heavily engraved. It measures 12″ tall and 4″ wide. It’s in perfect condition.
Pattern: Engraved Birds and Flora
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