A set of two crystal decanters and twelve glasses, Europe for the Egyptian market, mid-19th century
7,000 - 10,000 GBP
bidding is closed
comprising two decanters with stoppers (each one finely incised with 'order' number), four large wine glasses, two champagne coupes, four smaller desert wine glasses and two very small desert wine glasses, the whole set decorated with grape vines and floral blossoms, with red glass crest containing the letter 'M' on one side and coat-of-arms on the other
Osiris Auction Hall, Isador and Zorvodaki, Antique Experts and Auctioners, Cairo, 12 July 1961 (accompanied by a copy of the original invoice)
Each piece belonging to this beautiful set of Saint Louis crystal is decorated with two protruding red crest-form panels containing the letter 'M' on one side and a coat-of-arms on the other. These refer both to Muhammad Sa'id Pasha, Ottoman wali of Egypt from 1854–63, and a crest combining Sa'id Pasha's coat-of-arms, with its characteristic crescent-moon and three stars, with an anchor divided by two flags associated with Port Said, the city which was established for the building of the Suez Canal in 1859. By repute gifted to Sa'id Pasha by his close friend Ferdinand de Lesseps, who, with him, was responsible for the construction of the Suez Canal, this set marked the historic moment at which the ratification of the contract was signed.