MID+CENTURY MODERN Empoli | Italy Deep Cobalt Blue Cased Glass Decanter


This GORGEOUS deep cobalt blue Empoli hand-blown cased glass decanter is a fantastic example of mid-century modern design—sleek, dramatic, and hard to find in this beautiful color.

Our decanter is just short of 22” tall with the stopper in, and still sports its original GUILDCRAFT label. While Empoli cased glass in general is highly coveted, individual manufacturer brands play little role in their value or desirability, unlike in other vintage glass markets (e.g. Murano). Nevertheless, with new cheap and low quality cased glass pieces sold en masse by major retailers now flooding the mid-century/antique glass market and being misrepresented as vintage Empoli, an authentic and recognizable Empoli glass label leaves no doubt you've got the real thing!

Italian cased glass (mostly from the Empoli region of Italy although many had their origins in Murano) can generally be divided into early and latter period pieces. The earlier pieces, from the 1950s and 1960s, tend to be thicker, heavier, and more substantial, whereas those made in the 1970s (due to the energy crisis, the resultant global economic upheaval, and the need to cut costs) were thinner, and lighter-weight. While their modern design and intense colors have caused all mid-century Italian hand-blown cased glass to appreciate sharply over the last couple of decades, the older more substantial pieces (like this beautiful decanter) remain amongst the most collectable.

DIMENSIONS: 21.5" tall
CONDITION: EXCELLENT, light wear on base, a small area of scuffs on the rear (see photo #3)

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