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Jacobite Sympathy Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

Heading : A Jacobite sympathy engraved wine glass
Period : George II- George III c1760
Origin : England 
Colour : Clear 
Bowl : Lipped ogee. Engraved
with Forget-me-nots, Lilly of the Valley and Sunflowers.
Stem : 12 ply opaque spiral band outside a pair of corkscrew tapes
Foot : Conical
Pontil : Snalpped
Glass Type : Lead 
Size :  14.9cm height,  5.3cm diameter bowl, 6.9cm diameter foot 
Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks 
Restoration : None 
Weight:  121grams

Displays of allegiance to "the cause" required subtlety. This glass is engraved with three flowers that would not ordinarily merit scrutiny, unlike the more obvious "Stuart roses and buds" with which the reader will be familiar.

The flowers are forget-me-nots, and obvious reminder that had been used since the early 18th century on both glass and pottery. Lilly of the valley, symbolic of the return of happiness that will come with the restoration and of the "White Martyr" King Charles. The number of florets and their positioning is significant. It is a well know metaphor for the House of Stuart and the Jacobite succession. To the left the  floret for James 11 and the princess over the water Louisa. To the right James Francis the Old Pretender, and his issue, respectively Charles Edward and Henry.

Finally a sunflower, which always "follow the light", another piece of widely used Jacobite imagery. The association between the sun and Kings having been established for millennia.


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  • Product Code: 20061412
  • Availability: Sold
  • £495.00

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