A Napoleon III (c.1850-70) set of liqueur or aperitif service in elaborately crafted wooden tray with side handles and recesses for decanters, this glassware would likely be Baccarat. Engraved and gilded, all 12 of the liqueur stems or cordials are complete in the set, undamaged by the centuries. The 2 matching decanters of what would have been a set of 3 are also excellent, notation of the replacement of one stopper (decanter at right). A center opening has been filled with a period decanter of another design, possibly another maker. I always thought it would be perfect to find a center bowl for that recess and put in ice chips or perhaps even caviar. It's a beautiful set, but just a couple of imperfections of time - decanter and the one stopper. Measurements of the tray give you a sense of scale. The decanters are typical liqueur sizes and cordials are 3 1/4" or so tall (I neglected to measure before sending to the warehouse - will try to add). Photo at last shows a dinner plate and salad plate behind the set, which helps give you scale.
Very good to excellent, age and type considered. Rare to find all the stemware intact in a set this old. They and the 2 matching decanters would have been joined, as noted, by a 3rd decanter for the center opening. One decanter stopper is also a replacement, but is period and does fit. Additionally, on the backside rack which holds the cordials, a section has been broken at some point and is held in place now with brass wire. I've shown a detail photo of it for your review. Priced as if it's imperfect, it displays and will be elegant for use.
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