The 1948 Prince Cantacuzène Collection of Early American Bottles and Flasks

The 1948 Prince Cantacuzène Collection of Early American Bottles and Flasks

28 December 2018

Chris Hartz sent me and some fellow collectors the following email regarding the 1948 Prince Mikhail Cantacuzène (pictured above) collection of early American bottles and flasks. Quite an interesting two-part auction in New York. I put together the primary pages from the Parks-Bernet Galleries auction that were  digitized by Google further below.

Dear Flask Collectors,

As a result of doing some research, I found the the Auction Catalog for the Prince Cantacuzene Flask Collection. If you Google him, you’ll notice he fled Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution coming to America and dying in 1955 in Sarasota, Florida. He was married to Ulysses S. Grants granddaughter. Why would a Russian Prince form such a flask collection? Here are a few photos. A link to the catalog follows photos

Prince Mikhail Cantacuzène

Prince Cantacuzène Catalog

Part of the Cantacuzene 1921 wedding party in Newport, Rhode Island

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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