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This elegant drink dispenser from France, with its four working metal taps and typical acorn ‘top’, was almost certainly associated with one of the most notorious of all alcoholic drinks. The design is sometimes described as a fountain and it carried ice-cold water to dilute a measure of absinthe, the powerful green spirit derived from herbs including wormwood and other plants. Extremely popular in the late 19th and early 20th century it became particularly associated with bohemian and artistic circles in Paris. Nicknamed, amongst others things, ‘the green fairy’, ‘the atrocious sorceress’ and ‘our lady of forgetting’ it developed a fearsome reputation for mental and physical ruination. Banned in many countries by 1915, it has recently experienced renewed popularity and partial rehabilitation through the lifting of a number of national bans.

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