This incredible decanter was cut in Libbey’s Imperial pattern. Even if the piece had a traditional, faceted stopper, it’d be quite impressive but Libbey went the extra mile and finished the piece with an entire pattern-cut stopper!
Triangles of crosshatching start the pattern at the base. They are framed with beautiful, clear glass. The pattern picks up after this clear border with bands of zig-zagging cane, which are attached with rayed-fan cut figures. In between each of the cane sections is one of two types of cutting. One features a cluster type of pattern with hobnailed and mitered tips. It must have taken a great bit of time to cut this type of complex motif. The other motif features a flat hobstar framed on all sides by what looks like triple-miter trellis. Fans top out the body of the decanter and meet a fluted and notched neck. The center of the neck even has a band of hollow diamond cutting for an extra, impressive touch. The base is finished with a 16-point hobstar.
Decanters with pattern cut stoppers are rare, but ones in patterns this nice are nearly non-existant. The stopper alone is a work of art and coupled with a decanter this nice, the combination becomes a masterpiece. The decanter is in excellent condition with only one small flake to the underside of the lip. It measures 12 5/8″ tall and 5″ wide.
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