Tantalus – Definition

An oak English Tantalus with three decanters

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An English oak tantalus with 3 decanters

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A Betjemann and Sons oak Tantalus

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A French Tortoiseshell Liquor Chest by Tahan

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A tantalus is a set of decanters contained (typically) within wood or metal framework or glass case allowing the bottles and their contents to be visible yet secured, therefore “tantalizing”.

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