M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
GEORGE III ENAMEL TWIST STEM RATAFIA GLASS
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The long narrow tapering bowl above an eight-ply enamel twist stem
and plain conical foot having a snapped pontil
Ratafia is a rather ancient alcoholic drink, characterized by the infusion of soft fruits
(as strawberries or cherries), nuts and herbs to alcohol or brandy, then sweetening and fermenting for several months.
Recipes vary and the exact origins are unknown. A Catalan legend relates that
three bishops from Barcelona were offered the nameless 'homemade' drink to toast a treaty agreement.
They so enjoyed the drink that they named it for signing the treaty : 'Rata fiat!' (in Latin meaning 'signed')
Ratafia has a pungently sweet aroma and is at times served with flakes of gold atop.
True Ratafia glasses are somewhat rare, having narrow upright bowls,
the bowl and stem lengths being approximately equal.
Condition : Excellent; without chips, or restorations
8.25" High / The Rim 2" Wide, The Foot 2.75" Wide
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