This piece left me flabbergasted when I saw it the first time. Massive a more than fitting term to describe it. It’s like the entire blank is thick, to the point of being over sized and then the stopper really pushes it over the top. It weighs nearly 8 pounds. The decanter is signed Hoare and is in their Monarch pattern. I can’t reiterate enough that this is an extremely large, heavy decanter (more so than the dimensions lead on).
The Monarch pattern is one of Hoare’s most collectible patterns and came in a variety of shapes and sizes-this being the most unique I’ve seen. The decanter flares in and out quite a bit towards the bottom and is perched on a pedestal that is over 1/2″ thick. The monarch pattern consists of one large deep hobstar surrounded on either end by fans. The rest of the pattern consists of a crosshatched vesica with a vertical split topped by a Christmas style star. The stopper proudly displays the entire Monarch pattern as well and is finished with a large rayed star. It also has a giant air bubble beneath the pattern. The neck of the decanter and stopper are fluted and notched. The pedestal of the decanter is cut with a beautiful rayed star.
Again-this piece is a hunk of glass which weighs a ton. The stopper, pedestal and unusual blank place it in a league of its own. It measures 14″ tall and 6 1/4″ wide. An intimidatingly delightful decanter all-around. It’s in perfect (save for one tiny flake on the edge of the spout) condition with the lightest, tiniest and most negligible stain in the base.
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