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George III Antique English Facet Cut Stem Wine Glass with Rose Pattern Bowl (Code 1920)

  • £11500


Description

A late 18th century English lead type Georgian period wine glass dating around 1780. It has a diamond facet cut stem and the lower bowl is also cut. This style of glass followed on from the opaque twists and took us into the 19th century and Regency period. The longer stemmed forms are generally late 18th century while the shorter stemmed versions are a little later. The bowl is still of very small capacity, the same as the twist stem glasses from a little earlier. Both glasses and wine were expensive at this period, and those who could afford them usually had servants who would fill the glasses, so the small size was not a hindrance and drinking was often done in toasts at the dinner table, making a small capacity glass ideal.

The pontil scar on this example has been ground and polished out, and this is the period when this practice began to emerge, prior to the facet stem series English glasses were almost exclusively left with the pontil scar rough snapped. The way the base of the bowl has been cut also means when you look at it in plan view it forms the shape of a flower. There is some suggestion this was meant as a secret code for the Jacobite cause, however by this period the Jacobite cause was all but over - so it could have been a gentleman's club talking point but likely little else.



Condition

Very good for period, just some minor wear and a little patch of marks to the bowl.


Measurements (Approx)

Width: 5.2 cm ( 2 inches ) across bowl

Height: 14.7 cm ( 5 3/4 inches )

Weight: 148 grams (before packing).



Stock Code: 1920  OC19-2

 


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