Frank has kindly drawn my attention to this item. This was probably because he knows that I am to stage an exhbition devoted to 'The 20th Century Decanter' at Glass Etc, our shop/complex/gallery in Rye, East Sussex, England, from late-August to October.
The show is timed to coidnece with the publication of my new book, '20th Century Glass, to be published by Miller's in august. I am also the author of The Decanter, An Illustrated History of Glass from 1650' [ACC, 2004].
Now to the business at hand. I would be prepared to bet that the pice in question in Bohemian/Czech. The colour and the wacky odd-ball design are certainly right.
Alexander Critchon, a London-based Scottish silversmith is famed for the series of animal-shaped claret jugs, made in association with a model-maker, John Curry. These are extremely sought-after, and a kangaroo version recently sold at Christie's for over Â£20,000. However, these were made in the 1880s whilst the piece illustrated on the site is of inferior quality and probably dates, possibly from the late-1920s, but more likely the '30s.
The only fixed source of decanters, or more accurately, claret jugs of this type and date is the Karel Palda glassworks in what is now Novy Bor, Czech Republic. When Palda celebrated its, I think, 50th or 100th anniversary in 1939 [-ish], it published a colour catalouge of its huge range of pieces. these include a series of differing animal-shaped claret jugs of similar style to that on the site. Several of these pages [including the one featuring the birds, hippos, etc] appear in one of Truitt's 'Collecting Bohemian Glass' [both Schiffer]...but we have just moved and all my reference books are currently inaccessable.
That's the best I can offer...before klnocking off after a long day.
Good night everyone!