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GEORGIAN PEDESTAL STEMWARE & REGENCY SWEETMEATS

Friday 23rd of June 2017 04:00:00 PM

Early 18th century glass-makers sought to copy designs from Venice and Bohemia in order to pander to a desire for German-style material after the coronation of King George I in 1714

GLASS CUTTING – A DECORATIVE TECHNIQUE FOR THE AGES

Monday 19th of June 2017 12:00:15 AM

A quick poke through the piles of abrasive dust, broken glassware and disconsolate hinnies of cut-glass decoration from ancient times to Regency Britain; more exhaustive and detailed examinations to follow...

A NOISE AT NIGHT, IN BED ALL DAY - AND SWIMMING IN CHAMPAGNE....

Thursday 15th of June 2017 12:00:01 AM

The evolution of champagne from an irksome by-product to the defining tipple of the rich and famous - and the glasses which have accompanied it along the way

OH, FOR THE SENSUAL CURVE OF A WELL-ROUNDED BALUSTER IN THE HAND…

Monday 12th of June 2017 11:01:00 PM

Something that's tantamount to being educational and informative with some clarification as to what the terms baluster and balustroid might mean with regard to georgian wine glasses and their stems...

TALL TALES ABOUT SHORT GLASSES…

Friday 9th of June 2017 01:31:05 AM

A short (ho ho !) look at dwarf ale glasses - a particular type of glass that served the most pressing needs of the common man in Britain for the best part of 200 years

COMMODORE ANSON, SOME SAILORS, A NICE WORCESTER TEA BOWL AND ALLIGATORS OF CONSIDERABLE BIGNESS (part two)

Friday 2nd of June 2017 12:48:40 PM

Part Two of the tortuous tale of Commodore Anson's world cruise; time to cross the Pacific Ocean, finally tangle with Spanish foe, and become a folk hero in Canton - culminating in the production of a really rather nice porcelain dinner service...

COMMODORE ANSON, SOME SAILORS, A NICE WORCESTER TEA BOWL AND FOUR YEARS OF ABSOLUTE PURGATORY (part one)

Thursday 1st of June 2017 08:56:48 PM

The extraordinary tale of Commodore Anson and his around the world odyssey in the 18th century, which gave rise to the iconic Worcester porcelain valentine pattern...

A DRUNKEN, UNGOVERNABLE SET OF PEOPLE

Wednesday 31st of May 2017 11:44:21 PM

Gorgian gin glasses and a look at the effects of the Gin Craze in 18th century London - and, of course, the glass antiques from which the increasingly befuddled folk of the capital city took their poison

KNOW YOUR KNOPS (A BLUFFERS GUIDE TO GARETH BALE’S HAIRCUT)

Sunday 28th of May 2017 10:08:40 PM

An exhaustive look at the different types of knop which were used to decorate glass stems, the complexity of which mirrored the growing finesse used in glass production over the years as production methods became more refined...

JAKE – BILL – DAVE – HARRY - DIAMOND GEEZERS ONE AND ALL (OH - AND ANNA TOO....)

Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:54:02 PM

A look at the extraordinary artistry of 17th and 18th century Dutch engravers which has bequeathed some singularly valuable artifacts at which we can marvel...

FROM THE PLAYING FIELDS OF ETON TO SPRINGFIELD ELEMENTARY

Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:53:34 PM

An impeccably researched historical paper with regard to the provenance and derivation of a popular phrase - and the usual ill-concealed Francophobe leanings...

WHILE THERE ON THE CARPET, HER GLASS EYE DID ROLL…

Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:53:15 PM

Antique glassware is widely collected. From old bottles to 18th century wine glasses, Lalique and Galle, this however is just a little different.

WE WILL STICKLE IT, EVERY LITTLE BIT OF IT WE WILL FIX IT LIKE NEW, NEW NEW !

Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:51:11 PM

The glass and porcelain collectors version of invisible mending - but deliberately made to be easily detectable, so that once-broken and subsequently repaired pieces cannot be sold on as complete and undamaged at premium prices - all clever stuff !

ANKERS, TITTERY AND DISGUSTFUL IMPORTUNITIES

Sunday 30th of April 2017 09:24:53 PM

Georgian decanters and the somewhat curious names of some of the drinks which they were intended to contain...

ALES AND BEERS - AN ALTERNATIVE USERS GUIDE

Monday 13th of March 2017 05:04:48 PM

There's more to a pint than just something to savour alongside a bag of crisps - here are many other uses for beers and ales, derived during Britain's prolonged love-affair with all things malty, hoppy and laden with alcohol...

ARTISTIC GENIUS - WILLIAM BILLINGSLEY

Sunday 12th of February 2017 07:43:21 PM

The understated genius of William Billingsley - England's finest porcelain painter and a remarkable craftsman

ABSINTHE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER (PART TWO)…

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 09:55:20 PM

how much veracity is there to the oft-cited belief that absinthe fuelled a creative outburst in late 19th century Paris ?

ABSINTHE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER (PART ONE)…

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 09:22:02 PM

Absinthe - scourge of French society or admirable artistic animus ? Take a look at the incandescent trail it blazed across the landscape of 19th century France, exerting an influence every bit as ruinous as the gin craze which had gripped London

PUDDING, CEREAL, TOILET, GOLDFISH – BOWLS APLENTY !

Sunday 15th of January 2017 09:19:30 PM

Have you ever wondered what is a baluster glass or what is a baluster stem ? Here we provide an index of the wide variety of different bowl types used on antique stemware; bowls should be categorised by their shape and form - not by any fabricated classif

SCENTS AND SENSIBILITIES

Saturday 14th of January 2017 09:18:08 PM

long before aerosols and plug-in fresheners, how did the householders of yore go about hiding the sundry smells that threatened to render their otherwise well-appointed dwellings more fragrant, and avoid the social catastrophe which was the gagging guest

A TABLE FIT FOR A KING

Monday 2nd of January 2017 09:16:39 PM

A description and images of a full Georgian table display created by Scottish Antiques and Warner Antiques, who put together over a quarter of a million pounds worth of period furniture, glassware, silver and porcelain to create an authentic tableau

CRIME & PUNISHMENT

Saturday 24th of December 2016 08:43:09 PM

The grisly tale behind a simple, engraved Georgian tumbler - the eternal triangle, murder most foul, retribution, death and despair...

TURKEY, CHESTNUTS, CHOCOLATE, A FROG PYE AND THE SCOTTISH ANTIQUES CHRISTMAS SALE - IT'S A VERITABLE FESTIVE FRENZY !

Saturday 24th of December 2016 08:38:02 PM

A festive take on the excesses of dressing a Regency dining table in such a way as to be fit for a Christmas Feast

A METAPHORICAL MEANDER through European Art Glass (part two)

Thursday 15th of December 2016 09:48:00 PM

European Art Glass - a further look at the products of Bohemia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Scandinavia and others...

A METAPHORICAL MEANDER through European Art Glass (part one)

Thursday 15th of December 2016 09:37:55 PM

European Art Glass - an introduction and a look at the material produced in Britain, Bohemia and France

CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE, EUGENE (part two)…

Sunday 4th of December 2016 10:18:44 PM

Details of how the connection was made from Rosbach's engraved pokal to the siege of Belgrade in 1717 - the outcome of which secured athe Holy Roman Empire and Hapsburg Monarchies from invasion for decades, and made a hero of Prince Eugene of Savoy (so mu

CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE, EUGENE (part one)…

Saturday 3rd of December 2016 11:50:31 PM

Classic engraved glassware from the early Prussian Empire - endorsed and commissioned by the Royal court in Berlin, to indulge their personal pleasures or commemorate military deeds of much renown

MAKE A POINT WITH YOUR PINEAPPLE

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 11:58:33 PM

Why on earth would the great and good of Georgian and Regency England make a point of building houses for fruit, and then commissioning display stands on which their produce could be presented ?

ALL HEALTH TO THEE, OLD APPLE TREE !

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 03:13:55 PM

The traditional mid-winter wassailing ceremony - appropriate glassware, and inappropriate behaviour...

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 03:07:54 PM

The reason behind the existence of so many undersized antique drinking glasses - not models, toys or samples, but an altogether more practical purpose...

STORM IN A B-CUP

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 02:56:14 PM

Dispelling the myth that champagne glasses were shaped to replicate the form of the one-time Queen of France - although there's a little more to the story than may first seem to be the case...

PASSIONATE GOINGS ON...

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 10:40:05 PM

Engraved stemware bearing the image of a passion flower - religious or political iconography, or maybe both...

MAD AS A MARCH HARE

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 10:35:22 PM

Examples of Georgian glasses decorated with hunting scenes - specifically including hares

DERBY PORCELAIN

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 10:20:37 PM

The story behind the growth and development of one of the most famous British porcelain factories

LEECHES, BILE, BLOOD, PHLEGM, FOMENT, UNEASE, DISTEMPER, MELANCHOLY AND DEATH

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 10:00:10 PM

A look at the the role of the 18th century apothecary - his jars, vessels, potions, tinctures and leeches...

WHISKY GALORE !

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 09:52:18 PM

How and why did whisky become the go-to drink of the Scottish nation ?

BLOWING BUBBLES AND STRETCHING WORMS

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 09:50:08 PM

Designs and styles of stemware pieces featuring air-twist decoration, and a look at how this delicate feature was created...

PORCELAIN PRODUCTION IN SOUTH WALES

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 09:46:33 PM

An extended look at porcelain production South Wales from the 18th century onwards

PENSIONERS, OLIGARCHS, TRACTORS, BOOTBOYS, BUNS AND PORCELAIN !

Monday 14th of November 2016 11:45:15 PM

The origins of Chelsea porcelain - one of the finest and most famous of Britain's Georgian manufactories...

LYNN GLASS - AN 18TH CENTURY PUZZLE

Monday 14th of November 2016 11:27:01 PM

Lynn Glass is a phrase that often crops up in discussions about Georgian glassware, and the patterns of concentric rings which distinguish it are easily recognisable - but what does the name really mean ?

VICTORIAN COLOURED GLASSWARE

Monday 14th of November 2016 11:15:21 PM

There was a wide variety of methods by which Victorian glass manufacturers coloured their products - this article explains the most commonly used processes...

OF MEISSEN MEN (with apologies to that nice Mr Steinbeck)

Monday 14th of November 2016 10:56:13 PM

An exploration not just of how porcelain production evolved in a far flung corner of the Prussian empire, but why it was that such a project was undertaken in the first place and the characters behind it...

BRITISH PORCELAIN - A POTTED HISTORY

Tuesday 8th of November 2016 11:35:34 PM

A brief outline of how British ceramics moved from the production of utilitarian earthenware and slipware for domestic use to the very highest quality pieces for Royal courts and the dining tables of the landed gentry

DRINK UP THEE CIDER…

Tuesday 8th of November 2016 11:31:20 PM

A look at how cider became the established drink of English countryfolk and a form of currency, how political machinations defined the appearance of the glasses from which it was enjoyed - and good reason why MP's should be strung up from a gibbet

BLUE IS THE COLOUR, GLASSMAKING IS THE GAME...

Tuesday 8th of November 2016 10:31:12 PM

An in-depth look at the development and production of one of the signature products from Georgian England during the early years of the industrial revolution- Bristol glue glass

THE GREEN GREEN GLASS OF HOME

Tuesday 8th of November 2016 10:18:15 PM

A look at the development of the less well known of Bristol's two colourful glass types

BLOOMING MARVELOUS - SPRING-THEMED GLASSWARE

Monday 7th of November 2016 04:30:13 PM

Engraved stemware featuring illustrations pertaining to Spring-related goings on in Georgian England and beyond

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