Over time we’ve looked at many different classifications of antique stemware, where glasses are grouped by purpose, form, decoration, source or manufacturer, but it should not be forgotten that there are also broader categories which can encompass....
Time to take a look at an individual piece of antique silver with interesting (if rather long-winded) Scottish provenance – a sucrier (sugar bowl) dating from 1784. The beauty of silver, of course, is that pieces tend to be hallmarked, so it's possible...
THOMAS BOTTS – SPADE-MAKER, PAINTER* AND BRUSH LICKER (*BY APPOINTMENT TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN VICTORIA)Monday 19th of February 2018 10:00:00 PM
Time for one of our occasional looks at the individual characters who made a significant contribution to the reputation of British porcelain, not by way of founding a particular manufactory or making a breakthrough in the development of the production pro
You’ll no doubt be familiar with the convention of naming styles of porcelain production after the location of the factory from whence it came; Bow, Worcester, Pinxton and Derby from the UK for instance; Sevres, Meissen and Dresden from the continent. It’
There's more to Newcastle than pease pudding, underachieving football clubs and an accent which can rival Hielan' Scottish for indecipherability (gu cinnteach !) - there's 1200 years of glassmaking history, for a start...
A look at the winner of our Festive Competition, with pictures of the winning pieces and notes from our triumphant contributor !
Right - a spot of festive frippery for you as befits pre-Christmas congeniality, not (very much) tedious historical rambling, little or no archaeological investigation and absolutely no retrospectives of minor military engagements whatsoever – the chosen
THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO TAKING COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF TEPIFYING AND EFFICACIOUS BEVERAGE WHEN INCONVENIENCED BY FRIGHTFULLY FRIGID INCLEMENCY OF THE ELEMENTSTuesday 5th of December 2017 10:00:00 PM
December – a fine, fresh, frosty time of year. The mercury is falling and the first snows of winter have swirled around The Trossachs (which – I might tell you – is not a particularly comforting thing to endure); a Hot Toddy's just what's required...
Further examination of Liverpool's porcelain trade, with an innovative decorative process, and the development of a world-wide brand !
In continuing our series looking at some of the less celebrated centres of English porcelain manufacture, it’s time to set a northward bearing, and strike out towards the banks of the River Mersey and the City of Liverpool.
So, there was an Irishman, a Welshman, some Englishmen, some American Indians and a load of pigs....
The curious tale of herring fishermen, shipwrecked Dutch sailors with muddy boots and a cottage industry that deserves wider recognition
Another instance where a simple engraved wedding ale glass can point the way to stories of life, love, criminality, hardship, redemption and rebirth - quite literally from one side of the world to the other...
Geneology, Heraldry and History collide to shed light on the provenance of an early 19th century bottle
A somewhat overlooked sphere of endeavour, Italian porcelain has given rise to pieces every bit as wonderful as those from any other source in Europe, and the politicking that underwrote the trade there also rivals machinations across the continent...
Always recognised as one of the leading producers of European porcelain, Germany - and Prussia beforehand - have also had many fine manufactories garnering less widespread recognition than the most famous names - here's a look at some of them:
There were many more production facilities across France in the 18th century (and later) producing material every bit as good as Sevres and Vincennes - here's a look at the most prominent of these manufactories
Colourful, inspirational art glass from Mdina on the island of Malta, in the heart of the Mediterranean - vases, decanters, bottles and sculptures
An outline of what to keep an eye out for when you're thinking about buying antique glassware, and how to avoid some of the more obvious pitfalls...
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
Cut glass requires 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...
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
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...
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.
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
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...
An impeccably researched historical paper with regard to the provenance and derivation of a popular phrase - and the usual ill-concealed Francophobe leanings. The Hartlepool monkey. Quite literally a potted history
Antique glassware is widely collected. From old bottles to 18th century wine glasses, Lalique and Galle, this however is just a little different. A look at the history of glass eyes
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 !
Georgian decanters and the somewhat curious names of some of the drinks which they were intended to contain...
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...
The understated genius of William Billingsley - England's finest porcelain painter and a remarkable craftsman
how much veracity is there to the oft-cited belief that absinthe fuelled a creative outburst in late 19th century Paris ?
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
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
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 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
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
European Art Glass - a further look at the products of Bohemia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Scandinavia and others...
European Art Glass - an introduction and a look at the material produced in Britain, Bohemia and France
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
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
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 ? The history of the pineapple
The traditional mid-winter wassailing ceremony - appropriate glassware, and inappropriate behaviour...
The reason behind the existence of so many undersized antique drinking glasses - not models, toys or samples, but an altogether more practical purpose...
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...
Engraved stemware bearing the image of a passion flower - religious or political iconography, or maybe both. A passion for Jacobite glasses
Examples of Georgian glasses decorated with hunting scenes - specifically including hares
The story and history behind the growth and development of one of the most famous British porcelain factories. Derby porcelain
A look at the the role of the 18th century apothecary - his jars, vessels, potions, tinctures and leeches...
How and why did whisky become the go-to drink of the Scottish nation ? A distilled history of whisky
Designs and styles of stemware pieces featuring air-twist decoration, and a look at how this delicate feature was created. A potted history of Georgian glassmaking
An extended look at porcelain production South Wales from the 18th century onwards. A potted history of Swansea and Nantdarw porcelain
The origins of Chelsea porcelain - one of the finest and most famous of Britain's Georgian manufactories.. A potted history of Chelsea
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 ? A brief history of Lynn glass
There was a wide variety of methods by which Victorian glass manufacturers coloured their products - this article explains the most commonly used processes. How to make coloured glass and a brief hisory of Victorian coloured glass
An exploration and history of not just of how Meissen 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.
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. A potted history on English porcelai
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. A pott
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
A look at the development of the less well known of Bristol's two colourful glass types
Engraved stemware featuring illustrations pertaining to Spring-related goings on in Georgian England and beyond
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...