Baccarat floral ruby overlay glass drinks set
French, c. 1860
Tray: Height 3.5cm, width 33cm, depth 22cm
Decanter: Height 19.5cm, diameter 12cm
This wonderful drinks service is by the famed French glassmaker Baccarat. The service is comprised of five pieces: a curved edge tray, a flask and cover, a bowl and cover, and a decanter with a stopper and a removable drinking glass. The glass throughout is of a ruby red colour, which has been overlaid with white that is parcel gilt and pierced to reveal the red glass beneath. The overlay is painted with a host of imagery, including floral sprays and perched birds, creating a visually rich and striking ensemble.