Georgian antique 18th century 19th century collectors drinking glass

Rare Antique English Baluster Glass c. 1690

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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.

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

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.