Regency and Georgian tableware in extremis

...well - a notable military figure of historical significance if not actual royalty, anyway.

By way of a small follow up to our pre-Christmas article about Georgian table glass and the extravagances of Regency place-settings, here’s an album of images showing a table set out with period examples of many of the pieces mentioned.

This was prepared by Warner Antiques (our favourite glass and porcelain dealers of inestimable renown) having taken a trip to view the Georgian Christmas display at Quebec House in Westerham, which is close to Warner’s showrooms in Brasted, Kent.

While the general presentation and ambience of the National Trust’s offering at the former home of scourge of the French and all-round British Military hero Major General James Wolfe was absolutely fine, there were no authentic period pieces amongst the tableware. We duly got in touch and proposed to lend them the genuine articles, but they declined to take up our offer, citing fear of loss or damage were such items put on public display. However, undeterred, Warners decided to create their own absolutely authentic presentation, including period furniture for good measure and asked us to contribute some pieces.

The tableau will remain in place at Warner’s until 9th January, so if you are in the area, do pay them a visit and take a close look at what has ended up constituting a very striking display indeed.

The furniture, tables, chairs wine cellar and wine cooler are all 18th century. The silver cruets, mustards , pepperettes, sugar sifters, toddy ladles, punch spoons, coconut cups, wine funnels and cutlery are also period.

There are five complete sets of wine glasses along with glass standing bowls, serving bowls, decanters and dishes; the dinner service is a complete Derby “Botanical” example, dating from 1790 – with everything hailing from a similar date.

We doubt if a similar display could be assembled anywhere else in the UK other than a major museum or stately home given the sheer volume of material required and the combination of specialist disciplines in porcelain, furniture, silver and glassware. It is the first time we have seen this achieved anywhere. Producers of period televisual dramas take note, we have noted 1920’s reproduction pieces in everything from Pride and Prejudice to Poldark.

Link to Warner’s website as below (as mentioned, purveyors of many fine things) and everything - unlike a museum display - is for sale.


Georgian coconut cup with silver rim (hallmarked 1820)
A five-bottle condiment and silver stand made for the Baronetcy of Blackwell (hallmarked 1771)
Jacobite engraved wine rinsers
Irish ovoid dessert bowls with crenelated rims c1800

Georgian silver knives and forks with
green stained ivory handles hallmarked 1802
Ice plates c1830

The table and chairs are both George III period

The botanical dinner service is Derby c1790 and includes dinner plates, salad plates, tureens and stands

A tier of 18th century tazzas with moulded pedestal stems c1760
The top sweetmeat with pedestal stem c1760
The Custard cups c1830

Penrose Waterford decanter c1796
Silver wine funnel Hallmarked Newcastle 1800

18th century traforato basket and stand, possibly Bristol or Liege

other items in images include

A Karhula Glasbruk gin pig
Irish cut glass dessert bowl (used as a coaster for a vintage port) c1780
Canoe-shaped pedestal comport with VanDyke rim. Cork, Ireland c1800
Open flame "lacemakers" lamp English 1830-60
Set of six double knop air twist wines c1755
Set six Dutch engraved opaque twist wines 1780
Bohemian glass serving dish with moulded base and engraved rim second half 18th century
Set of six pan-topped air twist wine glasses c1760
Pierced silver mustard pot hallmarked 1767

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