Truly fabulous French Liqueur cabinet by St. Louis Cristal France, veneered in stunning Thuya with Ebony mouldings.
The top lifts & folds to reveal an interior lift-out gilt metal & glass handled tray. This is fitted with sixteen liqueur glasses and flanked by four decanters, all of which are beautifully etched. Each piece is in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks. Some are marked “St. Louis Cristal France”. Three of the decanters still have the original paper label attached.
St Louis Crystal was, and is still, one of the world's most prestigious crystal glass makers. Its origins date back to 1586, in Münzthal, France, when the company was originally named Holbach glassworks. In 1767, King Louis XV gave permission for it to become the Verrerie Royale de Saint-Louis (Saint Louis Royal Glassworks). In 1781, its director, François de Beaufort, discovered the formula for producing crystal glass, with the company subsequently being re-named Cristallerie Royale de Saint-Louis. Saint Louis continues to produce beautiful, high quality crystal glass to this day.
The box is made from Thuya, a softwood tree which grows irregularly and twisted. The burr - the part valued for veneer - grows underground as a root burr. Fine grained, lustrous, and aromatic, it has a rich red-brown colour and is strikingly marked with small, almost black burr pips.
The Decanter Box has a fully working lock & tasseled key.
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