A Facet Cut Wine Glass With Internal Rose c1770

Heading : A Facet Cut Wine Glass With Internal Rose
Period : George III
Origin : England 
Colour : Clear, good grey hue and pucella marks
Bowl : Ogee, the base has been petal cut and between each of the six petals there are three polished printies or rose sepals
Stem : Irregular scale cutting over a swelling knop
Foot : Conical
Pontil : Snapped
Glass Type : Lead 
Size :  15.7cm height,  5.0cm diameter bowl, 7.3cm diameter foot 
Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks 
Restoration : None 
Weight: 168 grams 

Many authors and vendors give these glasses Jacobite credentials on the sole basis that when viewed from above that a rose may be observed within the bowl. We believe this to be most probably nothing more than fanciful speculation at best and deliberate deception at worst.

Firstly roses are widespread throughout the symbology of Britain, the white rose of Yorkshire, the red rose of t'uther lot, the rose without thorns from the Christian tradition. The tudor rose being a symbol of the virginity of Elizabeth 1 and all those roses carved upon ceilings to ensure that conversations 'sub rosa' remain secret. Roses have have played a part in the cultural life of this country since the Romans brought 'rosalia' with them when placing primarily roses on the graves of the dead.

Secondly when the glass was blown the delusional futility of the Jacobite cause was risible. The the Old pretender was dead and the no longer young pretender was simply dead drunk.

Finally, roses have been used in a decorative manner ever since ancient Egyptians. The rose seen within the bowl of this glass is intentional and is most likely to have been used to toast King George, to celebrate an anniversary of the battle of Towton or the fair ladies of England than anyone "over the water".

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Product Code: 22040707
  • Availability: Sold
  • £225.00

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