Engraved Georgian Yarmouth Type Glass Tumbler c1790

Heading : Engraved Georgian Yarmouth type glass tumbler
Period :
George III
Date :
Origin :
Colour :
Bowl :
Incurved barrel shape
Bowl Features :
Engraved with a stunning neoclassical design. A sinusoidal foliate band with pendants is woven around urns, wheels and flowers with polished detailing below a cut and polished OXO band. Only the second example we have seen
Pontil :
Glass Type :
Size :  9.7cm height,  7.5cm diameter bowl at widest
Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks 
Restoration : None 
Weight:  236grams 

This shape of glass was favoured by the engraver and gilder William Absolon. We are unable to attribute this to him directly. We can also state that these are not by the James Giles atelier and bear nothing more than a passing resemblance to the bucrania et patterae design used by the anti-stuart drinking club despite the protestations of many.

Firstly this glass was manufactured at far too late a date and secondly an urn is simply a decorative schema, it is not a metaphor for a skull. It must also have been produced prior to 1776 when the Giles atelier closed for good.The same decorative theme, urns and wheels if to be found on Sevres porcelain, Meissen, Minton and Doccia porcelain from the 18th and 19th century. The exact same design appears in two international catalogues of designs produced for glass engravers and decorators for porcelain and has absolutely no Jacobite significance. The ox skulls with festoons or garlands and paterae ( in the Giles 1774 catalogue they are described as stags heads) are to be found on the tops of Doric columns from the 5th century BC, just 2200 years before Jacobitism became an issue.

It is widely accepted in the field of porcelain that the bucrania decoration with swags of husks would be an anomaly for Giles, Sandon assigns such decoration to the Flight period at Worcester 1783 to 1792 , Giles died in 1780. When Giles did use urns in decoration they were not connected, a garland would simply traverse the urn.

Caveat emptor as they say.


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  • Product Code: RT001
  • Availability: Sold
  • £225.00

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