Antique French Gilt Bronze Tantalus
This lovely gilt bronze and glass tantalus dates from the mid 19th century and features four decanters with stoppers and fifteen glasses with raised gilt decorations. 12 x 13.75 x 11.5 in; 30.5 x 34.9 x 29.2 cm). One glass is missing. The underside is reinforced with cardboard, and there are scratches, rubbing wear and oxidation, all consistent with age and use, plus a bend to the bronze mount above the keyhole.