An 18th Century Wine Glass Gilded at The james Giles Atelier c1770

Heading : A James Giles Gilded Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass
Period : George III c1770
Origin : London, England 
Colour : Clear 
Bowl : Ogee. A gilded cordon of fruiting vine and scattered flowers
Stem : A multi-series opaque twist with medial ball knop
Foot : Conical
Pontil : Snapped
Glass Type : Lead 
Size :  14.5cm height,  5.4cm diameter bowl, 7.2cm diameter foot 
Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks . Limited wear to the gilded rim
Restoration : None 
Weight:  132grams 

This is one of the finest examples that we have seen.

With the glass being decorated at the Giles atelier there is a strong possibility that it was not only London decorated but also London made. The Falcon Glasshouse in Southwark supplied the atelier with glass to be decorated, as did William Parker, the London glass merchant who was himself supplied by the Falcon and others.

Too many gilded glasses are incorrectly attributed to Giles, one of many decorating shops in London dealing with both glass and porcelain. The gilding produced by the Giles atelier has for the most part delicate design with very fine detail. If the fine detail is lacking then either it is not Giles or it has been restored. Some Giles glasses have over time been touched up, the gilding loses it's delicacy and large vine leaves start to look 'daubed' and amateurish.

Giles gilded decoration attribution may also be demonstrable from the extensive legacy of decorated porcelains.

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  • Product Code: 22071304
  • Availability: Sold
  • £1,600.00

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