Thursday, February 11, 2010
Bottle Shaped Buildings and Figural Decanters
I recently found and purchased two glass tower replicas from a second-hand store. The tall greenish glass replicas of the Eiffel Tower and Leaning Tower of Pisa, came empty and without labels. They seemed to be either wine, alcohol or liquor bottles. Through some research, I discovered the Eiffel Tower was a 750 ml bottle of X.O. French Brandy. Thus far, I've been unable to locate a source for the Leaning Tower of Pisa bottle. We've all seen other collectable liquor decanters, usually made of ceramic, in the shapes of things including buildings (photos below). Many other bottle or vessels shaped like buildings or structures exist as well. In Japan, water bottles in the shape of the Tokyo tower are sold to thirsty tourists. Priced at $300, Sabino Art glass makes a hand-blown opalescent crystal perfume bottle in the shape of the Eiffel Tower. Avon also made a much more common perfume version in the 1970's. Bottle related buildings include a handcrafted cast metal Eiffel Tower Wine Bottle Stopper, bejeweled with fine Swarovski crystals. How about something to put that wine or liquor into. Perhaps a set of wine glasses with Eiffel Tower stems. The Eiffel Tower seems to be a very popular design for decorator items like this. It is the tower's romance or just due to its popularity?