Vintage Italian Amethyst Glass and Silver Overlay Decanter set Mid Century
This is a stunning, vintage, Venetian, amethyst glass decanter and stopper with six matching glasses. There is a beautiful silver overlay detail and Venetian scenes on each item in the set. The decanter has the winged lion, symbol of Venice, with its front paw resting on an open book and a latin inscription. on one side. There are also flowers and a view of St Mark's square from the water. The glasses are decorated with gondola, flower and building scenes - you can see the different images in the photos. The silver overlay works beautifully with the gorgeous, amethyst coloured, glass.
These decanter sets were often created as souvenir pieces on Murano, an island close to Venice, famous for its high-quality glassware. There are varying dates attributed to these sets, some as early as the 1920s through to the 1960s. We are unsure of the date of this particular set, as they have no markings, as is the case with much of this type of glassware.
As you would expect from a vintage, mid century, or earlier, set, the silver overlay does show signs of wear and patination/tarnish. However, we don't feel this in any way diminishes its beauty and style, rather it adds to its history and character. There are no chips or cracks in the glass. On a couple of the glasses there is a very slightly raised area on the rim, but this happened in the manufacturing process - as they are smooth and completely covered by the silver overlay - so not due to any damage and they do not affect the look of the glass in any way. We have given the set a very light cleaning and have not polished it with any silver cleaning product.
We think this is a very classy set - perfect for enjoying your favourite tipple!
Height of decanter: 28 cms
Height of glases : 7.5 cms