Absinthe Loop Carafe

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Absinthe Loop Carafe

This mouth-blown reproduction piece was inspired by advertising carafes found in bars and bistros of Europe from the turn of the last century. Besides its general function to hold water, carafes like this were also used as a promotional tool. Once water is added, the water acts to magnify and enlarge the text on the dome inside, grabbing one`s attention as a popular marketing method. The domed indention at the bottom of the carafe (where the text is printed) is referred to as the loop, or loupe in French, which means magnifying glass.

Dripping water by a carafe was the most utilized method of adding sugar-water to the absinthe during the Belle Époque. The correct technique was to continuously drip the iced water as slowly as possible until the sugar was completely dissolved from the spoon and fallen into the glass of absinthe.

Reflective of the period French design in the Met`s acclaimed production of La Bohème.

  • Mouth-blown clear glass
  • Frosted loop with black text
  • 9` H x 4.25` W
  • Holds approx. 25 fl. oz.

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La Bohème

One of the most popular operas of all time, Giacomo Puccini’s timeless masterpiece, La Bohème made its world première on February 1,1896, at the Teatro Regio in Turin, where it was conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini.

Set in Paris, in the 1830s, the near-destitute artist Marcello and poet Rodolfo try to keep warm on Christmas Eve in their Latin Quarter garret by feeding the stove with pages from Rodolfo’s latest drama. When Mimì, their neighbor, knocks on the door asking to borrow a candle she and Rodolfo
meet. Thus begins a fateful relationship as the two struggle to sustain their love against the challenges of poverty, jealousy and physical decline.

The Metropolitan Opera staged La Bohème for the first time on December 26,1900, with Luigi Mancinelli conducting. Since then it has been performed at the Met over a thousand times. Its 2018/2019 season production was hailed by the New York Times as “A thrilling La Bohème … radiating warmth … luxury cast”.

Puccini died in Brussels on November 29, 1924. The news of his death reached Rome during a performance of La Bohème. The opera was immediately stopped and the orchestra played Chopin’s Funeral March for the stunned audience.



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