Wine glass or goblet 1765-1780

 
Wine glass or goblet  1765-1780
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

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This wine glass has a round funnel bowl on an opaque twist stem. The gilded vine decoration around the bowl might possibly have been made in the workshop of James Giles, one of London leading glass and ceramic decorators.
Wine glasses were made in huge quantities in London. Glassblowers were highly skilled and could make glasses in whatever shape or size the customer requested. Sometimes stems had trapped air bubbles or coloured enamel twisted in elaborate patterns. Once made, the glasses were engraved, cut and gilded by other workers but this cost extra. Such work was commissioned by the glass sellers rather than the glasshouse. Customers also could request from the glass sellers a special pattern, inscription or decoration. This wine glass could have been made at one of London's glasshouses.

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