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IMPORTANT PILLAR-MOLDED PAIR OF QUART BAR DECANTERS, opaque white with applied black (deep amethyst) bar lip and neck ring, each conical form with eight pronounced ribs, applied waisted neck ring, and flattened bar lip with lower collar, rough pontil marks. Pittsburgh area. 1850-1870. 10" and 10 1/4" H, 5 1/4" D base.
Literature: Parallels Innes - Pittsburgh Glass, p. 197, pl. 183, fig. 3.
Catalogue Note: This is an important pair of decanters that likely represents the only pair of this type known. The Bakewell, Pears & Co. catalog of 1868 illustrates the firm's use of the concave neck ring seen on this decanter. Page 7 of the catalog's price list includes pint and quart "Pillar, Cone shape" under the "Decanters" heading. The quart size was offered at $16.00 per dozen and the pint size at $13.50 for the same quantity. The Pillar style was the most expensive decanter listed in the catalog.
One undamaged; (UPDATED 11/16/23) other having a flake to the exterior of the bar lip with a corresponding flake to the interior of the neck, associated with a check to the lip which minutely extends into the neck; each having some light wear.
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From a New York, NY private collection.
One: Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, 9/26/2009, lot 167.
Other: Sotheby's, 1/22/2010, lot 598 (retains auction label).