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Rare Antique English Baluster Glass c. 1690

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1700   item# 1264738 (stock# 1786)

Rare Antique English Baluster Glass c. 1690
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DESCRIPTION:
We are pleased to offer a one-off opportunity to add this wonderful, kind of missing link, early baluster goblet to your collection. The glass seems to be unique, dates from about 1690 and is one of only a handful of glasses known that illustrates the transition from the pre-eminence of Venetian glasshouses to the dominance of English manufactured glass in the table glass market. It represents the rising challenge of superior lead metal glass over the Venetian soda metal glass: the change from the insubstantial, almost frivolous and ephemeral, to the sonorous majesty that the heavy baluster achieves.

The glass has a thinly made round funnel bowl with light striation and tooling marks above a hollow stem with an inverted baluster and basal knop standing on a lightweight conical foot evenly folded underneath. This beautiful lead metal glass is lightly and expertly made: clearly the work of a master craftsman. It combines the Venetian method of construction in the form of the heavy balusters that were to come.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 7½ inches;
Bowl diameter 3⅜ inches;
Foot diameter 3½ inches.
Weight 113 g or 7 ½ oz

CONDITION:
In excellent condition with no restoration. There is a small inclusion under the folded foot. The bowl and foot rims have the light wear as would be expected with such a lightly made glass.



Heavy Baluster Wine Glass 7-Ring Annulated Knop c.1725

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1264670 (stock# 1760)

Heavy Baluster Wine Glass 7-Ring Annulated Knop c.1725
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A rare baluster period wine glass with heavy based and waisted bell bowl over a stem with seven-ringed annulated knop leading to a small true baluster basal knop all standing on a folded conical foot. The glass is made of lovely clear metal and shows good striation and tooling marks. The annulated of knop is clearly the main feature of this fine glass and is what makes it such a rare and characterful early wine glass. A similar glass can be seen in Bickerton’s ‘Drinking Glasses’ p. 71 fig. 77

DIMENSIONS:
Height 6⅛ inches;
Bowl diameter 2⅞ inches;
Foot diameter 3 inches.

CONDITION:
In excellent, original condition with the usual signs of wear on the foot and bowl rim.



Antique English Baluster Wine Glass c. 1740

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1264388 (stock# 1756)

Antique English Baluster Wine Glass c. 1740
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DESCRIPTION:
Solidly made from clear, slightly bluish, lead metal this baluster wine glass, or small goblet, features a heavy based waisted bell bowl above a teared ball knop over an inverted baluster knop standing on a plain conical foot.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 7 inches;
Bowl diameter 3 inches;
Foot diameter just under 3½ inches.

CONDITION:
The glass is in good original condition with the expected wear to the bowl and foot rims.



Antique Heavy Baluster Mushroom Knopped Goblet c.1710

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Pre 1800   item# 1254220 (stock# 1741)

Antique Heavy Baluster Mushroom Knopped Goblet c.1710
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The mushroom knop is rare to find in heavy baluster goblets… according to E Barrington Haynes only the ovoid knop is rarer. This glass was probably made between 1710 and 1715 and represents the pinnacle of the heavy baluster period style… after the earlier, plainer period but before the decline to lighter styles when workmanship became somewhat inferior. The glass is well-made with a thistle formed bowl with solid base above a stem with a teared mushroom knop, the tear extending down to a basal ball knop, all standing on a conical folded foot. A very similar glass to this was sold at Bonham’s, Bond Street, from the James Hall collection on 17 September 2008 lot 45.

A further aspect about this glass is that it is one of a pair, a rare find indeed. The second glass will be offered to the buyer of the first with a further 10% discount in the first instance.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 6½ inches;
Bowl diameter 2⅞ inches;
Foot diameter 3¼ inches.

CONDITION:
In excellent order with the normal wear expected on a glass of this age with a few light scratches and the odd air bubble.



Dutch Engraved Light Baluster Antique Wine Glass c.1760

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1254128 (stock# 1729)

Dutch Engraved Light Baluster Antique Wine Glass c.1760
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DESCRIPTION:
A well-proportioned wine glass made of beautifully clear greyish metal. The bell bowl, with heavy base, has a high quality, Dutch engraved floral border. Supporting is a stem with an angular knop at the shoulder above a half knop resting on a teared inverted baluster knop leading to a basal knop supported on a plain conical foot.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 6¼ inches;
Bowl diameter 2¼ inches;
Foot diameter 2⅞ inches.

CONDITION:
In excellent original condition. The glass is particularly clean and has only light wear to the foot and bowl rims.



Antique English “Kit-Cat" Glass c.1740

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1254122 (stock# 1728)

Antique English “Kit-Cat" Glass c.1740
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DESCRIPTION:
A particularly impressive and beautifully proportioned Kit-Cat type baluster wine glass with flared drawn trumpet bowl above an inverted baluster knop with a nicely formed and centered tear standing on domed plain foot. This is a high quality glass, solidly made from a greyish metal with high lead content. As a result the glass feels reassuringly heavy in the hand and has the typical unctuous feel associated with this type of metal. A similar, but less satisfactory glass, without the tear, is pictured in Bickterton’s “Drinking Glasses” p. 81 fig. 117.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 7¼ inches;
Bowl diameter 2¾ inches;
Foot diameter Just under 3 inches.

CONDITION:
The glass is in good original condition and has the usual collection of small inclusions signs of wear to the foot and bowl rims.



Antique English Baluster Toastmaster’s Glass c.1710

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1248903 (stock# 1723)

Antique English Baluster Toastmaster’s Glass c.1710
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DESCRIPTION:
An example of the classic heavy baluster period toastmaster’s glass with a highly deceptive conical bowl of small capacity above an inverted baluster knop with a pleasingly centered and nicely shaped tear, standing on a conical folded foot. You may notice a slightly strange trick of the light surrounding the long, appendix like, tail of the bowl interior. Close inspection reveals it to be a tiny air bubble distorted by the thickness of the glass at this point (looking to all intents and purposes like a Hubble telescope photograph of a far distant galaxy!). The metal is the lovely oily grey tint one associates with early lead crystal heavy baluster glasses.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 4⅞ inches;
Bowl diameter 1⅞ inches;
Foot diameter 2½ inches.

CONDITION:
In great condition with no restoration. There is some staining in the bowl “tail” which could be removed with a bit of ingenuity. On the other hand it could just be considered to be a part of its fascinating history.



Antique English Baluster Gadrooned Mead Goblet c.1710

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1248776 (stock# 1716)

Antique English Baluster Gadrooned Mead Goblet c.1710
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A large mead, or perhaps white wine, drinking goblet with heavily gadrooned cup bowl above a hollow stem with a pair of cushion knops supporting the bowl and basal knop standing on a folded conical foot with deeply folded foot. It is uncommonly large for this style of glass… the average height is usually around 5 inches whereas this example is 5¾ inches tall.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 5¾ inches;
Bowl diameter 2¾ inches;
Foot diameter 3¾ inches.

CONDITION:
In immaculate, original condition with no restoration.



Antique English Balustroid Wine Glass c.1740

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1248649 (stock# 1465)

Antique English Balustroid Wine Glass c.1740
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DESCRIPTION:
An unusual and nicely proportioned lead metal balustroid wine glass with a trumpet bowl above a fairly complex knopped stem comprised of a ball knop resting on a cushion supported collar at the shoulder and a basal knop below, all standing on a folded conical foot. A very similar glass in the local Tibbenham Collection in Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, is illustrated in Bickerton’s “English Drinking Glasses” page 107 fig. 213.

Balustroid stem glasses were generally made for tavern use whereas their heavy baluster brothers were made for the wealthy. Because of this division of use balustroids are sometimes less formally made than their upmarket siblings. What they might lose in finer detail they gain with their unselfconscious flair and their ability to convey the fluid nature of glass as a medium. This glass provides a good example to illustrate the point. It has some of the typical balustroid features such as a slightly rocky foot (from manufacture and quite common), a generous sprinkling of minute air bubbles throughout the glass and a slightly textured feel to the stem. However, the glass more than compensates for this with the shear exuberance of its lavish knopping and its delightful poise. Balustroids can be considered to be the Cinderellas of the antique glass world but this charming, down-to-earth example really deserves to be taken to the ball.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 6¼ inches;
Bowl diameter 2½ inches;
Foot diameter 2⅞ inches.

CONDITION:
In good, original condition.



Antique English Heavy Baluster Wine Glass c.1710-20

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1236262 (stock# 1683)

Antique English Heavy Baluster Wine Glass c.1710-20
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DESCRIPTION:
A generously knopped and handsome heavy baluster wine glass with round funnel bowl supported on a half knop above a stem with three knops with interconnecting tear: a flattened knop, a smaller flattened knop and a true baluster knop standing on a domed and folded foot. A confident and iconic example of the English heavy baluster in superb condition made from lead crystal metal with a slightly brackish hue. This glass is well made and has a good, solid feel to it. Glasses of the period typically have some inclusions. This glass is no exception and has several unobtrusive air bubbles, mainly in the top knop (please see photographs).

DIMENSIONS:
Height 6¼ inches;
Bowl diameter 2¾ inches;
Foot diameter 3¼ inches.

CONDITION:
The glass is in excellent original condition.



Antique English Baluster Gin Glass c.1720

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Pre 1800   item# 1226960 (stock# 1652)

Antique English Baluster Gin Glass c.1720
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DESCRIPTION:
A characterful baluster gin glass, the bell bowl on a half knop over a pair of reciprocating teared baluster knops and a basal knop on a slightly domed folded foot. This glass is an example of a precursor to the more familiar balustroid gin glasses of the 1740s, glasses that were often poorly made and of dubious proportions. This earlier example of a gin glass is altogether a much bolder and more accomplished piece and is in essence a scaled-down version of the more familiar baluster wine glasses of the day.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 4⅞ inches;
Bowl diameter 2 inches;
Foot diameter 2¼ inches.

CONDITION:
The glass has a slight lean (2° off vertical) due to the foot having an uneven fold to it, (not an uncommon aspect of glasses from this early period), and there is a flake to the underside of the foot caused by the pontil being broken off a little too short. The mark on the bowl rim (at 1 o’clock on picture 4) is an enclosed air inclusion close to the rim. This rare glass is in excellent original condition.



Antique English Balustroid Wine Glass c.1740

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Pre 1800   item# 1226859 (stock# 1678)

Antique English Balustroid Wine Glass c.1740
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DESCRIPTION:
A well balanced and nicely proportioned English lead crystal wine glass, the round funnel bowl is supported by a shoulder ball knop, a straight section and a basal ball knop, all standing on a conical folded foot with broken pontil mark. The glass is a well-made example of this classic style. It shows good striation and tooling marks.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 6⅞ inches;
Bowl diameter 2¼ inches;
Foot diameter 2¾ inches.

CONDITION:
There are a very few tiny and insignificant inclusions in the bowl. The glass is in fine condition with no restoration and shows the expected signs of wear to the bowl rim and foot



Antique English Lead Glass Light Baluster Goblet c.1760

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800   item# 1211951 (stock# 1605)

Antique English Lead Glass Light Baluster Goblet c.1760
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DESCRIPTION:
An unusual, fairly small, light baluster goblet whose design and configuration suggests a Newcastle origin. The round funnel bowl, with its subtle, slightly waisted and flared profile, is typical of this region’s glasses. The unusual feature is that the bowl is honeycomb moulded to the lower half. The stem is also typical of Newcastle production. There is a half cushion knop supporting the bowl below which there is another half knop above an inverted baluster knop containing an elongated tear extending to the lower plain section of the stem which in turn stands on a plain conical foot.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 6⅜ inches;
Bowl diameter 3 inches;
Foot diameter 3¼ inches.

CONDITION:
In very good condition with light wear to the bowl and foot rims.



Antique Glass Baluster Goblet with Mushroom Knop c1710

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Pre 1800   item# 1200999 (stock# 1508)

Antique Glass Baluster Goblet with Mushroom Knop c1710
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A mushroom knopped heavy baluster wine goblet which represents the coming of age for English glassmaking… the time when the medium of lead crystal metal could express a breakaway from Venetian hegemony and define the English style which went on to dominate the glass trade. This glass has all the confidence of the era: it is made from beautifully clear, unctuous lead metal and is well proportioned and harmonious. A glass with great presence. The heavy bottomed round funnel bowl has a very slight incurve which gives a lift to the whole enterprise and after a short section of plain stem is supported by a teared mushroom knop. The tear has been drawn into another plain section and so to a final teared basal ball knop. The whole edifice stands on a folded conical foot.

DIMENSIONS:
Height 7¼ inches;
Bowl diameter 3¼ inches;
Foot diameter 3½ inches.

CONDITION:
Apart from light scratching to the inside of the bowl (lighter than most glasses of this age) there is a small black cinder inclusion under the fold of the foot (see inset on picture 6). Other than that the glass is in fine original and unrestored condition.



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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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.


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