Our London showrooms
Open Mon to Fri 10am - 5pm
Open Saturdays by appointment

Antique French Burr Walnut & Ebonised Tantalus Cave a Liqueur 19th C

Antique French Burr Walnut & Ebonised Tantalus Cave a Liqueur 19th C | Ref. no. 09167 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 09167
Price: £ 0.00
This is an exquisite antique French burr-walnut and ebonised Cave a Liqueur, or tantalus, circa 1860 in date.    The Cave a...

For weekly notifications of new arrivals in your categories of interest please click HERE.

This item has been sold but we have thousands of items in our warehouse that are not online.

Email us to enquire about similar items that may not be online or call our experts on 020 8809 9605.

Be the first to hear when new items are added to our site!

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


This is an exquisite antique French burr-walnut and ebonised Cave a Liqueur, or tantalus, circa 1860 in date. 
 
The Cave a Liqueur features a burr walnut and ebonised case with glass panels and an 'up and over' lid enclosing a gilt bronze frame containing sixteen small glasses and four decanters with stoppers.

The glasses and decanters are beautifully engraved with foliate decoration.
 
 It is an absolutely superb set which is sure to attract a lot of attention.
 
 
 Condition:
 
In really excellent condition with no damage, please see photos for confirmation. 


Dimensions in cm:

Height 28 x Width 35 x Depth 27

Dimensions in inches:

Height 11 inches x Width 1 foot, 2 inches x Depth 11 inches

Our reference: 09167

 Tantalus

is a type of liquor decanter in which the bottle stoppers are locked down tightly by a metal bar. This was to prevent the theft of the contents by servants. Like the name suggests, the decanters themselves are visible, drawing temptation while unattainable. A key is required for entry.

The most common types of tantalus holds three bottles or decanters while there are also smaller types housing only two. There are many different forms of tantalus. Often the encasement has metal handles on both sides and ornately carved decor. Crystal and metal versions are also a beautiful option when choosing a tantalus.

Tantalus derived its name from the story of the mythological Greek king, Tantalus. To be tantalized is to be tempted with the unattainable, and the king, condemned to an eternity in Hades, was sorely tested. He was forced to stand forever in water that, when he bent to drink, would recede and to gaze upon foods he could only reach for and never grasp.

The 1800s saw our Victorian predecessors apply the King’s name to the lockable decanter.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 28 x Width 35 x Depth 27

Dimensions in inches:

Height 11 inches x Width 1 foot, 2 inches x Depth 11 inches

Shipping:

We ship worldwide and deliver to Mainland UK addresses free of charge.

A shipping cost to all other destinations must be requested prior to purchase.

UK shipping times are typically 2-3 days.

International shipping times vary depending on the destination and method of shipment.

To request a shipping quote for the items in your cart, please click HERE.

Delivery and return policy:

We require that someone be home on the agreed delivery day if applicable, otherwise a redelivery fee will apply.

In accordance with Distance Selling Regulations, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the item.

The item must be returned in its original packaging and condition.

Unless the item is not as described in a material way, the buyer is responsible for return shipping expenses.

Buyers are fully responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that may be incurred on items sent outside of the European Union.

Returns will be processed within 1-2 business days of receipt.

Follow Us