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Antiqu Victorian Burr Walnut Three Crystal Decanter Tantalus Dry Bar 19th C

Antiqu Victorian Burr Walnut Three Crystal Decanter Tantalus Dry Bar 19th C | Ref. no. A2791 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: A2791
Price: £ 0.00
This is a superb antique Victorian burr walnut cased three decanter tantalus with decorativecut brass  carry handles to the...

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This is a superb antique Victorian burr walnut cased three decanter tantalus with decorativecut brass  carry handles to the sides, circa 1880 in date.


This magnificent tantalus features three wonderful hobnail cut square decanters with faceted ball stoppers and a mirrored back. The twin flap compartment in front revealing a delightful divisioned interior with  three crystal cut glasses.
 
There is a secret compartment in the base, which can be opened by pressing the hidden push button in the centre, revealing playing cards, dice and crib board.

Complete with working lock and key.

It is a truly decorative piece which is also very practical and would make a lovely gift.
 

Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and waxed in our workshops, the decanters with a few minor chips to the neck,  please see photos for confirmation.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 34 x Width 38 x Depth 28

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 3 inches x Depth 11 inches

Our reference: A2791

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, mortal son of Zeus and Pluto. To be tantalized is to be tempted with the unattainable, and the king was sorely tested. He was condemned to an eternity in Hades for angering the Gods and 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.

 

Walnut & Burr Walnut

Walnut is a hard, dense, tight- grained wood that polishes to a very smooth finish. It is a popular and attractive wood whose colour ranges from near white in the sapwood to a dark hew in the heartwood. When dried in a kiln, walnut wood tends to develop a dull brown colour, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown. Because of its colour, hardness and grain, it is a prized furniture and carving wood. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness’ of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.

Burr walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.


 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 34 x Width 38 x Depth 28

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 3 inches x Depth 11 inches

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