This hand-blown decanter was inspired by similar pieces found in bars and bistros throughout Europe in the late 19th century. Once water is added to the carafe, it acts as a magnifying glass and enlarges the text on the dome. The dome-shaped hollow at the bottom of the carafe is called the loop, or loupe, which means magnifying glass in French. This magnification was a useful way to attract attention as a popular marketing tool. Carafes of water were commonly placed on bistro tables and were the most common method of preparing a traditional French or Swiss absinthe during the Belle Époque.
Measures approximately 9.25 inches tall. Base measures approximately 4.3 inches in diameter. Holds approximately. 73 L. Mouth blown, clear glass. Hand wash is suggested.