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Antique English Plain Stem Firing Glass c.1750

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1191943 (stock# 1579)

Antique English Plain Stem Firing Glass c.1750
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Athelny Antiques
077 8645 8444


£140 

DESCRIPTION:
An unassuming, plain and simple dram glass with an ogee bowl above a plain stem all standing on a thick, plain firing foot.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 4 inches;
Bowl diameter 1⅞ inches;
Foot diameter 2¾ inches.

CONDITION:
There is a small seed in the bowl that can be seen at 7 o’clock in all the pictures showing the bowl and a row of enclosed air bubbles in the foot. These are manufacturing faults and quite normal for glass of this period. The glass is in fine condition showing the usual patterns of wear to the foot and bowl rims.



Antique English Double Opaque Twist Wine Glass c.1765

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1191848 (stock# 1544)

Antique English Double Opaque Twist Wine Glass c.1765
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Athelny Antiques
077 8645 8444


£385 

DESCRIPTION:
An elegant Georgian wine glass with rather good proportions. The pointed round funnel bowl sits on a double series opaque white twist stem made up of a lace twist inside single 6-ply spiral band standing on a plain conical foot.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 6¼ inches;
Bowl diameter 2 inches;
Foot diameter 2⅝ inches.

CONDITION:
In lovely condition with some of the usual signs of wear and tear of the years made from lovely bright metal.



Antique English Knopped Opaque Twist Wine Glass c.1750

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1191834 (stock# 1565)

Antique English Knopped Opaque Twist Wine Glass c.1750
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Athelny Antiques
077 8645 8444


£320 

DESCRIPTION:
A refined looking Georgian drinking glass made with lead crystal glass with a very crisp flute moulded round funnel bowl above a multi-spiral opaque twist with a medial knop standing on a plain conical foot. Single series opaque twist glasses with knops are relatively uncommon ⎯ Barrington Haynes puts them at about 5% of all opaque twists.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 5¾ inches;
Bowl diameter 2⅞ inches;
Foot diameter 2¼ inches.

CONDITION:
In excellent condition with the expected wear to the underside of the foot.



Antique Plain Stem Engraved Wine Goblet c.1750

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1191245 (stock# 1571)

Antique Plain Stem Engraved Wine Goblet c.1750
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Athelny Antiques
077 8645 8444


£375 

DESCRIPTION:
A solid “fit-for-purpose” antique wine goblet made of good quality English lead glass with ovoid bowl wheel engraved with a fruiting vine and a dove above a plain stem standing on a plain conical foot with broken pontil mark.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 6⅜ inches;
Bowl diameter 3½ inches;
Foot diameter 3⅝ inches.

CONDITION:
In excellent condition with a very few light, inconsequential scratches to the outside of the bowl and the other normal wear to the foot and bowl rims.

NOTES:
This simple glass is described as “fit-for-purpose” because it is one of only a few types of 18th century glasses that can be used in the modern context of wine drinking: it is a good size with an incurved bowl which helps trap the bouquet of a wine, it sits very comfortably in the hand and its cost will not be too inhibiting.



Antique Composite Stem Wine Glass c.1750

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1191014 (stock# 1575)

Antique Composite Stem Wine Glass c.1750
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Athelny Antiques
077 8645 8444


£725 

DESCRIPTION:
A satisfyingly heavy and solid example of an English composite stem wine glass made from lovely clear lead crystal metal with waisted bell bowl, (infrequently found in the composite stem group of drinking glasses), joining to a particularly fine and refined multi-spiral air twist upper section to the stem whose threads emanate from the bottom of the bowl. The lower section of the stem is composed of an inverted baluster knop containing extended beads that continue into the lower, plain section of the stem below which there is a basal annular knop. This complex stem stands on a plain conical foot.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 6 inches;
Bowl diameter 2½ inches;
Foot diameter 2⅞ inches.

CONDITION:
In excellent condition with light wear to the underside of the foot and bowl rim.



Rare Antique Cordial Glass with Domed Foot. C.1760

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1190607 (stock# 1568)

Rare Antique Cordial Glass with Domed Foot. C.1760
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Athelny Antiques
077 8645 8444


£1350 

DESCRIPTION:
A charming example of the reasonably rare opaque twist cordial glass with helmet or domed foot the bowl being of round funnel style with an etched swag border and basal honeycomb moulding above a double series white opaque twist stem which contains a pair of spiral tapes surrounded by a single 15-ply spiral band all raised on a domed foot.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 6⅛ inches;
Bowl diameter 1¼ inches;
Foot diameter 2½ inches.
Bowl capacity 0.8 fl. oz.

CONDITION:
In excellent condition with light wear to the underside of the foot and slightly heavier wear to the bowl rim.

NOTES:
This glass is very similar to the glass illustrated in Turnbull and Herron’s “Price Guide to English 18th Century Drinking Glasses” on page 239 where our attention is drawn to the “stand out” features of the form by being a cordial and having a domed foot. They also draw attention to the similarity in form to plain stem cordials usually attributed to being of Irish manufacture (see enlargement 1 with inset). It is interesting to note, too, the similarity of bowl shape in both examples: they both share the same infrequently seen parallel-sided variation of the round funnel bowl.



A Chinoiserie Engraved Antique Wine Glass c.1785

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1187279 (stock# 1493)

A Chinoiserie Engraved Antique Wine Glass c.1785
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Athelny Antiques
077 8645 8444


£420 

DESCRIPTION:
A very satisfactory wine glass with an ogee bowl engraved with a Chinoiserie scene (a decorative device then at the tail-end of its 18th century fashion) with a parasolled figure walking through a fanciful landscape replete with pagodas. The base of the bowl is bridge cut leading down to a diamond cut facet stem standing on a plain conical foot.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 6 inches;
Bowl diameter 2 inches;
Foot diameter 2¾ inches.

CONDITION:
A fine example of the facet cut stem wine glass in excellent original, unrestored condition with the expected age related wear to the foot and bowl rim.



Unusual Diminutive DSOT DeceptiveWine Glass c. 1775

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1187179 (stock# 1502)

Unusual Diminutive DSOT DeceptiveWine Glass c. 1775
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Athelny Antiques
077 8645 8444


£595 

DESCRIPTION:
A fine and highly unusual small double series wine glass. Not small enough to be classed as a miniature but perhaps designed for a child’s use being rather petite. (An idea of its size is shown in picture 2 with a comparison with a fairly standard size wine glass measuring a little under 6 inches.) This idea is further supported by the fact that the round funnel bowl is of deceptive construction holding a mere 11 ml (about one third of a fluid oz). The bowl sits above a double series opaque twist stem made up of an inner gauze outside of which are a pair of spiral tapes all standing on a plain conical foot.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 4⅞ inches;
Bowl diameter 1⅜ inches;
Foot diameter 2⅛ inches.

CONDITION:
In good original and unrestored condition with a miniscule air inclusion in the bowl (shown in picture 3 highly magnified by the deceptive bowl) and a tiny scratch on the bowl less than ⅛ inch also on the bowl. The normal wear one would expect on a glass of this age.

NOTES
You will see that I have used two sets of photographs to illustrate this glass. The reason for this is to elicit your opinion as to whether of not you think the pictures with the “grapes” demonstrates the subtle patterns found in antique glass better than those without the grapes. These subtleties are notoriously difficult to photograph, however, my aim is to give an accurate representation of the glass to help customers to make an informed decision in choosing glasses.

I would be most grateful to receive your opinion on these comparative pictures. Many thanks, Athelny.



Engraved “Newcastle” Light Baluster Wine Glass c.1750

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1181711 (stock# 1418)

Engraved “Newcastle” Light Baluster Wine Glass c.1750
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Athelny Antiques
077 8645 8444


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DESCRIPTION:
Although often described as a Newcastle light baluster glass it now seems unlikely that Newcastle is in fact their place of origin. Recent research suggests that these glasses were in fact manufactured in the Netherlands, although there are some who believe London was their origin. Well, whatever their place of manufacture was, this glass is a refined and delicate example of the type in lead crystal with a complex stem form. The pointed funnel bowl is Dutch engraved with a baroque foliate border above a stem with an inverted baluster shoulder knop, a medial acorn knop and a basal knop all standing on a domed, folded foot.

PROVENENCE:
GF Berney and Lady Ruggles-Brise Collection and purchased by GS Tett at Sotheby’s, 4th May 1950 part of Lot 7

DIMENSIONS:
Height 7⅛ inches;
Bowl diameter 2⅞ inches;
Foot diameter 3⅛ inches.

CONDITION:
This glass is offered in excellent, unrestored condition with two tiny inclusions, one in the bowl and in the other in the stem. The glass has the normal wear to the underside of the foot and bowl rim expected on a glass of this age.



Rare Heavy Baluster Dram Glass c.1700

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1177108 (stock# 1512)

Rare Heavy Baluster Dram Glass c.1700
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Athelny Antiques
077 8645 8444


£2995 

A fascinating heavy baluster dram glass of historical interest. The glass itself is a particularly good example of the classic type of heavy baluster dram glass with a round funnel bowl with heavy base above a large inverted baluster stem with central tear standing on a plain conical foot with an unusual step or terrace on the upper part of the foot. Under the bowl rim, in diamond point, is engraved the legend “A Change so swift what Heart did ever feel” Also there is an engraved cupid’s heart with an arrow and a swastika (at that time a symbol of love). It would seem that this glass is a suitable candidate for having been used by members of the famous and influential 18th century Kit-Cat Club. (See notes below.)

DIMENSIONS:
Height 4½ inches;
Bowl diameter 2½ inches;
Foot diameter 2¾ inches.

CONDITION:
In good original condition. Fairly heavy wear to underside of the foot.

NOTES:
This glass’s links with the Kit-Cat Club are not possible to be either proved or disproved. However, the following notes may provide some thoughts that allow us to piece together and speculate on the true history of the glass.

The engraved writing around the glass is a quote from the highly influential John Dryden, a highly regarded poet and playwright of his time. The legend is a quote from Dryden’s play script ‘The Spanish Fryar’, first published in1681. The play includes the characters Leonora, Queen of Arragon and Torrismond, a general. The Queen’s father had bequeathed his crown to her and also her hand in marriage to Prince Bertran. Torrismond, a soldier who had been banished to the frontiers and had risen to become a general, falls hopelessly in love with her and she with him. However, on realizing the inappropriateness of the relationship she sends him away from court only to change her mind almost immediately when she says the words engraved on the glass… “A Change so swift what Heart did ever feel”

Dryden was an influential poet and playwright who “held court” in a drinking club called the The Witty Club in Will’s Coffee House, a club to which aspiring writers clamoured to be a member of. One of the members, Jacob Tonson, was Dryden’s publisher and founder member of the Kit-Cat Club. Upon Dryden’s death in 1700 the Kit-Cat club prospered at the expense of the Witty Club. Part of the official ’business’ of these clubs was that after their meal they would nominate a ‘beauty.’ This was done by reciting a clever, witty poem extolling the virtues of their chosen subject of adulation and then drinking a toast to her. Part of the ritual was engraving on a glass with a diamond her name and a piece of complimentary verse. Ophelia Fields, in her book “The Kit-Cat Club”, says that no engraved glass as described appears to have survived, although she later referred to a glass engraved with the name of Mrs Walpole from the Hartshorne collection and sold at Bonhams in December 2010 as described by Hartshorne as being a Kit-Cat Club toasting glass. Unfortunately that glass has a wooden replacement foot.

In light of the attributes of the glass on offer it seems not unreasonable to propose the possibility that this glass is one of the original Kit-Cat toasting glasses: the glass dates to circa 1700, has a quote from Dryden engraved on it and has considerable of wear on the foot which indicates long and regular use.


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