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Antique English Balustroid Wine Glass c.1750

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800: Item # 1378758

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This balustroid drinking glass has a round funnel bowl above a teared inverted baluster shoulder knop, a plain stem continuing to a cushioned basal knop all standing on a plain conical foot.

It is often argued that the balustroid glasses were, generally inferior to the previous baluster generation. This glass would support this view of degeneration. This is not to say that all balustroids are inferior; but it should be borne in mind that these glasses were being made in response to the increase in glass tax and the changes brought about by the “Gin Craze” as depicted in William Hogarth’s print, Gin Lane.

Height 6¾ inches;
Bowl diameter 2½ inches;
Foot diameter 3 inches.

The glass is in good, undamaged condition and has not been restored in any way. However the glass has several of the classic balustroid manufacturing faults: the bowl contains fair sprinkling of inclusions, some of which are near the bowl rim and have distorted it in places; the foot also contains a number inclusions; an annealing fault has slightly deformed the foot causing the glass to rock a bit. All these blemishes are typical of balustroid glasses and are a record of the production pressures the glassblowers were under. Overall, this is a good, honest glass and makes it a good buy for anyone starting a glass collection.