Silesian, engraved and gilded cordial decanter

Stock Number: 1276

This is what we believe to be a beautifully engraved and gilded small cordial decanter dating from the late 18th century, c1780, and probably originating in Silesia. 
The decanter is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows the age related wear and tear to the rim of the base commensurate with nearly 200 years of use.  There is a rough pontil mark to the base.
The neck of the decanter is decorated with five bands of shallow cut olives and a single band of etched leaves.  The body of the decanter is decorated with two further bands of olives below which sit two opposing, small baskets of etched flowers within cartouches.  The baskets were once gilded but the gilding is now heavily rubbed.  The two baskets are separated by shallow cutting of stars and crosses.   The base is plain and measures 6.4 cm (2.6 inches) in diameter.  The decanter itself is 15.1 cm (6 inches) in height without the stopper and 19.7 cm (7.9 inches) tall with the stopper inserted.  There are no chips, cracks, significant scratches or any evidence of restoration.  
The stopper is of clipped disk form and may or may not be the original stopper, but it is of the correct form and is contemporary with the decanter.  
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Silesian, engraved and gilded cordial decanterSilesian, engraved and gilded cordial decanter
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