Throughout wine’s 5,000-year history, wine lovers have surrounded themselves with objects and tools designed to enhance the drinking experience. These range from ingeniously conceived bottle-opening devices to drinking and serving objects of breathtaking design, craftsmanship and materials. Throughout our existence, The Rare Wine Co. has searched for the best of each, which we have always taken great pleasure in sharing with our customers.
The late 18th century was the Golden Age for wine decanters, a period when English and Irish glassmakers produced works of enduring beauty, grace and craftsmanship.
A decade ago, we embarked on a project to replicate the best of these decanters. We asked John Jenkins & Sons, a 109-year-old British glass company, if their craftsmen could replicate one of the prizes in our own collection: a circa-1770 magnum featured in Robin Butler's landmark book, Wine Antiques.
Those replica magnum decanters are gone now. But, a few years ago we asked Jenkins to recreate a second decanter from our collection: an exquisite bottle-size decanter in the finely engraved taper style of the 1770s. Because of this decanter's delicacy, the prototype took even longer—a full six years—but it was worth the wait. Our Georgian taper decanter captures the lightness and grace of the classic style that dominated decanter design in the 1770s.
Each of these decanters was made entirely by hand—blown, cut and engraved—and is signed and numbered on the base.
Since 1993, we have offered a range of antique English and Irish wine decanters from the 18th and 19th centuries. As a direct result of this tradition, beautiful and rare decanters now grace the tables of many of our customers and their friends, enhancing their enjoyment of fine food and wine.
Our annual offer of antique decanters happens every fall.
You can find our 2018 offer here.
Please call us at (415) 319-9000 or contact us if you would like to be signed up to receive the offer. All of our decanters are accompanied by a letter of authentication signed by Andrew Burne, one of England’s foremost experts on early English and Irish glass.
Consuming foods or beverages that have been kept or served in leaded crystal products will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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