3 WATER GLASSES FROM AN ELABORATE IMPERIAL SERVICE
Rare set of 3 crystal glass, certainly for water, of baluster shape, circular and flared on a foot, finely engraved on the upper edge with a foliate frieze, the center is ornate with the Imperial cipher of Napoléon III within an oval medallion, supported by a beribboned node.
Very good condition.
Unidentified French glass factory, 1852-1871.
Height: 14, 5 cm – Length: 8 cm.
Glasses from one of the Emperor Napoleon III’s table services, certainly used for official reception and/or Imperial banquets. The rich ornamentation makes it the most elaborate of all the glass services from the Second Empire.
[CAT. EX. 18], cat. 106 and 116, one glass reproduced p. 81.
The Musée national du château de Fontainebleau has bought 11 glasses from this service in 2005 (H. 10 cm). The Musée national du château de Compiègne owns only 5 glasses from this service (H. 12, 10 and 8 cm), of which one champagne glass (H. 10 cm).
A carafe and another « verre à eau » (H.15 cm) from this service, with a small variant in the garlands, have been sold by Osenat, on January 18th, 2015, lot 305, for 1600 € hammer price, former collection of the Prince of Monaco.
A « verre à liqueur » (H. 8 cm) has been sold by Coutau-Bégarie at Drouot on April 28th, 2014, lot 470, for 700 € hammer price.
After having gather all the pieces known from this service, it seems to exist at least 4 sizes of glass, that could be: 15 cm for the water glass, 12 cm for the red wine glass, 10 cm for the white wine glass and for the champagne glass, and 8 cm for the liqueur glass.