People often ask,
"what IS a compote?"!! (By the way, compOTE and compORT, are the
same thing, just different spellings!) Technically, a compote is a bowl
with a base and stem that is designed to serve a compote! CLEAR?
In the Victorian
Era and well into the 20th Century, fruit mixtures cooked in syrup were
a favored dessert. This mix was also called a compote and the fancy high-stemmed
serving bowls soon were given the same name.
Therefore, a true
compote (or comport) should be large enough to hold several servings of
a dessert and it should have a long stem. Unfortunately, there are many
glass pieces that have the same shape of a compote - sherbets, stemmed glasses,
some mayonnaise servers, and even the tiny salts and nut cups. Therefore,
if you have a piece that looks like a compote, but it is probably not large
enough to hold several servings of a dessert, the piece is likely something
Most compotes have
flared bowls to make serving from them easy. A cupped rim would be difficult
to deal with!
Stretch glass compotes
appear to be pieces mainly handled in a snap (see plates for definitions),
so if you find a compote with a ground foot or a pontil, it's likely to
be a damaged piece or a piece of art glass.