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Continental Glass

18th century continental wine glasses are much undervalued. We have mentioned previously the almost myopic bias of some collectors towards English manufactured Georgian glass and specifically drinking glasses. We wish to re-address this and bring Dutch, Bohemian, German, Belgian and obviously Venetian and others into their rightful place as items to be held in the highest regard.

Production from Jablonec and Lipa in Bohemia broke new ground with a standard of engraving, cutting and enamelling that was not equalled in England until the latter part of the same century. Production suffered with the Napoleonic wars but there was resurgence in the late 18th century with the development of their own flint and lead glass and extensive use of the highest quality engraving.

The best engraving and enamel decoration on continental glass was produced in the 16th and 17th centuries, slowly migrating west from the Giant mountains of Bohemia, through to Germany and the Low Countries. Sang was a German, the early engravers to appear in England were predominantly his compatriots and Bohemians.

The Namur Museum in Belgium has the most stunning collection of early Belgian and Dutch glass dating back to the 13th century.  Some early footed beakers and very light wine glasses in the facon venise are stunning, extremely rare and beyond reach for all but those collectors with the deepest pockets. Early berkmeyer, beakers, koolstronk and roemers do appear on the market from time to time.

You will hear much about the “Dutch Engravers” of the 18th Century, and “Dutch Engraved Newcastle Light Balusters”.  The engravings go from the sublime and complex to delicate and ethereal, particularly early diamond point. This was not matched for pulchritude by English engravers and cutters until the middle of the 19th century, when James Green and Nephew and Thomas Webb mastered the craft.

Beautifully enamelled Bavarian and Saxon beakers from the late 16th century are museum pieces, and we must acknowledge the fact that they were producing cobalt blue glass before it appeared in Bristol. These were very much in the Venetian style . The English-style production of Lauenstein glass from the latter half of the 18th century deserves a place in any collection, particularly those examples with finely-gilded rims and multiple air tears in baluster knops, and engraved examples.

Both Northern European and English factories alike copied early Venetian “cristallo and latticinio” designs. Jacopo Verzellini set up his workshops in London as did many others from Murano, bringin both knowledge of manufacturing and styles with them. By the early 18th century glass production was in decline but was resurrected by Fratelli Tosco and Antonio Saliviati in 1860.

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Pair of 18th Century Gilded Wine Glasses

Pair of 18th Century Gilded Wine Glasses

A truely magnificent pair of antique wine glasses from 18th century Europe

£280.00

Engraved  Bohemian Colour Twist Covered Goblet c1720

Engraved Bohemian Colour Twist Covered Goblet c1720

An early 18th century Bohemian glass goblet. Engraved wine glasses of this age and quality are highly collectible.

£1,700.00

Hessen Glass Goblet c1740

Hessen Glass Goblet c1740

A mid 18th century Saxon glass goblet, an antique to be used

£225.00

Knopped Multi Spiral Air Twist Wine Glass c1760

Knopped Multi Spiral Air Twist Wine Glass c1760

An 18th century air twist wine glass with a shoulder knop. An attractive form from either England or the Continent

£235.00

18th Century Dutch Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1790

18th Century Dutch Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1790

Opaque twist stem wine glasses from Europe in the 18th century for sale

£95.00

Hollow Stem Liege Wine Glass c1720

Hollow Stem Liege Wine Glass c1720

Belgian wine glasses from the early 18th century for sale

£285.00

18th Century Incised Twist Wine Glass c1755

18th Century Incised Twist Wine Glass c1755

Antique german glassware for the collector

£225.00

18th Century Liege Wine Glass c1720

18th Century Liege Wine Glass c1720

One of the most recognised forms of the 18th century, extremely collectable

£425.00

18th Century Liege Wine Glass c1750

18th Century Liege Wine Glass c1750

A very collectable Belgian wine glass for sale

£375.00

18th Century Nut Moulded Liege Wine Glass c1720

18th Century Nut Moulded Liege Wine Glass c1720

A collectors favourite, the liege wine glass. An investment grade masterpiece

£425.00

Giant Glücksburger Hütte Wine Goblet c1735

Giant Glücksburger Hütte Wine Goblet c1735

This leviathan of a glass goblet depicts the pride of the burghers of Hamburg

£1,200.00

18th Century Incised Twist Wine Glass c1755

18th Century Incised Twist Wine Glass c1755

An antique incised twist wine glass with a large bell bowl. The incised twist is possibly the rarest of all stem types and is quite possibly the simplest decorative to make

£225.00

18th Century Engraved Pokal c1780

18th Century Engraved Pokal c1780

An antique German pokal engraved with exotic animals. A truely impressive display of the engravers skill

£725.00

Large Bohemian Julius Mühlhaus Gilded Goblet c1900

Large Bohemian Julius Mühlhaus Gilded Goblet c1900

An antique Bohemian goblet. Many European glasses from the 18th century are covered, they have or had lids. This soon fell out of favour in the 19th century

£225.00

Large Engraved Facetted Baluster Wine Goblet c1750

Large Engraved Facetted Baluster Wine Goblet c1750

Antique engraved wine glasses have both charm and intrigue. Firstly they are a delight to use and then you may ponder the engravings.

£1,900.00

Friedrich Egermann Gilded Beaker c1820

Friedrich Egermann Gilded Beaker c1820

A fantastic antique Egermann gilded beaker, cobalt blue flashed panels with elaborate gilding and slice cutting

£180.00

Egermann Gilded Wine Glass c1840

Egermann Gilded Wine Glass c1840

A superb Egermann gilded wine glass, cobalt blue panels with elaborate gilding and slice cutting

£160.00

18th Century Incised Twist Wine Glass c1760

18th Century Incised Twist Wine Glass c1760

An antique incised twist wine glass with a large bell bowl. The incised twist is one of the rarest of all stem types and is quite possibly the simplest to make, omitting the plain stem of course. They are much undervalued in our opinion.

£225.00

18th Century Dutch Engraved Wine Glass c1750

18th Century Dutch Engraved Wine Glass c1750

An antique Dutch engraved wine glass with a hollow knopped stem. The Dutch were renowned for their quality engraving and even imported glass from England to be decorated

£320.00

Engraved Lauenstein Wine Glass c1770

Engraved Lauenstein Wine Glass c1770

A fine Lauenstein wine glass with a gilded rim and engraved bowl.

£175.00

A Gilded Pedestal Stem Wine Glass c1800

A Gilded Pedestal Stem Wine Glass c1800

An antique wine glass. The form is typical for a continental wine glass from this period, the better examples are gilded

£140.00

18th Century Hollow Stem Balustroid Wine Glass c1760

18th Century Hollow Stem Balustroid Wine Glass c1760

An antique balustroid wine glass with a large hollow stem, this wine glass is a superb example of tperiod workmanship

£225.00

Dutch Engraved Masonic Baluster Goblet c1770

Dutch Engraved Masonic Baluster Goblet c1770

An antique wine goblet. The dutch are known for their mastery of engraving. The style of their glassware followed to some extent English glass, due to the relationship the two countries had within the glass trade.

£205.00

18th Century German Wine Glass c1760

18th Century German Wine Glass c1760

An antique wine glass from Saxony. George III was in fact ruler of saxony in 1760 due to occupation during the Napoleonic Wars

£325.00

18th Century Incised Twist Wine Glass c1755

18th Century Incised Twist Wine Glass c1755

An antique incised twist wine glass with a large bell bowl. The incised twist is possibly the rarest of all stem types and is quite possibly the simplest to make, omitting the plain stem of course

£225.00

Engraved Saxon Wine Glass c1735

Engraved Saxon Wine Glass c1735

An antique wine glass from Saxony. A similar glass in sentiment to "success" glasses, wishing well being on farmers of oxen and cows.

£480.00

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