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Antique English Baluster Gin Glass c.1720


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Pre 1800: Item # 1226960

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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.