Presented is an exquisite French Napoleon III-period “Cave à Liqueur”, or tantalus, in rich rosewood. This elegant bar set opens by means of a hinged lid, inlaid with “Liqueurs” at top, to reveal a fitted interior, complete with its set of four cut glass decanters with stoppers and twelve matching cordial glasses. The glasses are etched with an intricate flower and leaf pattern, popular in the late 19th century. The fitted interior can be completely removed by way of a gilded acorn handle.
Portable by way of brass side handles, this entertaining essential can go from bar to table with ease, and can be locked with the original key at the end of the night. This decanter set is perfect for drinking aperitif or amaro. A unique find with its complete service, this exquisite tantalus is sure to make a grand impression.
Some minor signs of wear are present, as would be expected in a piece of this age and usage. Original inlaid rosewood tantalus. The wood on the top of the chest has minor splits, several small areas of the inlay are missing, two edges are missing the wood in the back, and minor scratches to the wood from past use. Four decanters and twelve cordial glasses. Small chips to the bottom of one glass, rim of one decanter, and bottom of one stopper. Includes one key for the functioning lock. Dimensions: 9” H x 12” W x 11” D (tantalus).