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Antique French Carafe, Carafon, Decanter, Raised Enamel, Gold Chimera, Sphynx,
Antique French Carafe, Carafon, Decanter, Raised Enamel, Gold Chimera, Sphynx,
Antique French Carafe, Carafon, Decanter, Raised Enamel, Gold Chimera, Sphynx,
Antique French Carafe, Carafon, Decanter, Raised Enamel, Gold Chimera, Sphynx,
Antique French Carafe, Carafon, Decanter, Raised Enamel, Gold Chimera, Sphynx,
Antique French Carafe, Carafon, Decanter, Raised Enamel, Gold Chimera, Sphynx,
Antique French Carafe, Carafon, Decanter, Raised Enamel, Gold Chimera, Sphynx,
Antique French Carafe, Carafon, Decanter, Raised Enamel, Gold Chimera, Sphynx,
Antique French Carafe, Carafon, Decanter, Raised Enamel, Gold Chimera, Sphynx,
Antique French Carafe, Carafon, Decanter, Raised Enamel, Gold Chimera, Sphynx,
Antique French Carafe, Carafon, Decanter, Raised Enamel, Gold Chimera, Sphynx,

Antique French Carafe, Carafon, Decanter, Raised Enamel, Gold Chimera, Sphynx,

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This one is not perfect. But it would make it into a museum anyway. I've seen worse on display. And whether this is French or Bohemian would take more research than I've got time for today. It is from my personal collection. I like to use these antique carafon (small place setting decanters - water or wine) at my own formal dinner parties and they create a jewel-like table. Likewise, in a lighted display cabinet or bar, they shimmer and glow. This is one of my all-time favorites. I think it is an art piece by St. Louis, but it could be Moser. Franco-Bohemian is where I'm at on it, as both did similar work. Mid-1800s, elaborately crafted and decorated - you see the pair of chimera/sphynx, right? And the painted Cupid? Such a splendid old treasure it is. Raised dots in Sevres or Celeste blue and white. Garlands of decorative gold. Elegant form, and that handle is exceptionally fine and unique. Large for a place carafon, it is 7.5" tall, but wider and holds more liquid, more like a duet for wine, I think. The bulbous body is 4.5" in diameter, widest. 

Very good condition for age and type, it has a flaw: you see a crack forming from the base of the handle - I've highlighted it with an "x" and shown it a couple of times for your review. I don't dare use this one. I just admire it in display. Would that it were perfect. But I got a bargain on it thus, and will pass it along that way as well. Someone else needs to really love this one with me. I'm downsizing my own collections. Come back often.