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Phillip V of Spain sponsored the manufactory La Granja de San Ildefonso. It is renowned for the both the quality of the glass and the superb gilding capabilities of the craftsmen.
Founded in 1728 close to the summer palace of it's patron and protector it was also situated there due to the quality of the sand and proximity of the Valsain forests by the Catalan glassmaker Ventura Sit who had relocated from Nuevo Baztan, Toledo due to the exhaustion of local forests.
The glass of La Granja is widely sought after. In 1921Frank Gibson writing in the Burlington magazine described La Granja as being the most important, artistically of all Spanish production.
The British museum and the Victoria and Albert museum combined only have nine pieces and there are a limited number in the Burrell collection Glasgow.
This decanter was made between 1780 and 1820 although the standard texts and museums give them an earlier date of 1770- 1785. The reasoning for our dating is that the broad based taper shape was not fashionable until the later date. A similar example held by the Victoria and Albert museum is displayed in case 75.