COLOURED GLASS

Coloured glass has been around as long as glass has been produced.  Early glass was coloured by accident due to the impurities that existed in the raw materials used but it didn't take long for glasssmiths to recognise the attraction of coloured glass, and various elements and ores were deliberately introduced to the molten glass to produce the desired effects.  The early Egyptians and other Middle Eastern countries were producing coloured beads and vessels thousands of years before the birth of Christ, and the Romans produced wonderful, colourful works of art based on the knowledge they accrued from their invasions of these nation states.  British Georgian coloured glass is more limited in its scope with Bristol Blue and Bristol Green colours the most widely known and collected.  The link with Bristol is probably due to its being used as a port to export the goods more than as the city of manufacture, although it is known that some blue glass (for instance that of Isaac Jacobs) was made in that city.  For an overview of coloured glass through the ages read "Antique Coloured Glass" by Keith Middlemas.



Amethyst rigaree decanter, Low Countries

Amethyst rigaree decanter, Low Countries

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, amethyst flask or decanter dating from the mid 18th century, c1760, and probably originating from the Low Countries.  
 
The flask is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to the rim of the bowl and the rim of the foot consistent with some 250 years of use. It has a rough pontil mark on the base.
 
The flask is of shaft and flattened globe form measuring 14.5 cm (5.8 inches) in diameter at its widest point.  The neck is plain save for a single hand-applied annular neck ring just below the pouring rim.  The bowl is decorated with eight vertical trails of rigaree which combine to form a...

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Price: £975.00

Bristol Blue sugar bowl - Love the Giver

Bristol Blue sugar bowl - Love the Giver

This is what we believe to be a "Bristol" Blue sugar bowl dating from the turn of the 18th/19th centuries, c1800, and sporting the legend "Love the giver".  
 
The bowl is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to the rim of the foot consistent with some 200 years of use. It has a rough pontil mark on the foot.  
 
The bowl is of cup form in the Bristol Blue colourway and measures 11.3 cm (4.5 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl sits on a plain stem that leads to a domed, folded foot which measures 7. cm (3.1 inches) in diameter.  The bowl is 9.7 cm (3.9 inches) in...

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Price: £105.00

Dark amethyst cream jug - Be Canny with the Cream

Dark amethyst cream jug - Be Canny with the Cream

This is what we believe to be a dark amethyst cream jug dating from the turn of the 18th/19th centuries, c1800, and sporting the legend "Be Canny With the Cream".  
 
The jug is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to the rim of the foot consistent with some 200 years of use. It has a rough pontil mark on the foot.  
 
The jug is of baluster form in the amethyst colourway and measures 7 cm (2.8 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl sits on a short conical foot which measures 5.2 cm (2.1 inches) in diameter.  The jug is 9.7 cm (3.9 inches) in height.  There is a slightly rubbed band of gilding...

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Price: £115.00

Green export glass, hollow stem

Green export glass, hollow stem

This is what we believe to be a light green, English, export, balustroid wine glass dating from the mid 18th century, c1770. These glasses were made in England for export to the continent and reflected the continental preferences of the time.  They were also made of lightweight glass and had hollow stems to reduce carriage costs.

The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows the age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot commensurate with 200+ years of use.  It has a rough pontil mark on the foot which is nicely striated as is the bowl.

The glass has a cup bowl measuring 5.4 cm (2.2 inches) in diameter at the rim.   The bowl sits on a hollow stem...

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Price: £175.00

Light amethyst sugar bowl & cream jug - a friend's gift

Light amethyst sugar bowl & cream jug - a friend's gift

This is what we believe to be a set of Georgian, hand-blown, gilded, pale amethyst glass cream jug and sugar bowl dating from the turn of the 18th/19th centuries, c1800.  
 
The jug and bowl are in excellent condition for their age.  This means of course that they show age related wear and tear to the rims of the bases consistent with some 200 years of use. They have rough pontil marks on the bases.  
 
The jug is of baluster form in the light amethyst colourway, and measures 5.8 cm (2.3 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The main part of the jug is plain save for the remains of very rubbed gilding which may have expressed a message.  The conical foot measures 4.7 cm (1.9 inches) in...

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Price: £295.00

Light amethyst wrythen-moulded sugar bowl

Light amethyst wrythen-moulded sugar bowl

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, amethyst glass, English, wrythen moulded sugar bowl dating from the turn of the 18th/19th centuries, c1800.  
 
The bowl is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot commensurate with 200+ years of use.  It has a rough pontil mark on the foot.
 
The bowl is ogee shaped with an everted, folded lip and measures 11.3 cm (4.5 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is enhanced with broad wrythen moulding from the base to the lip.  The bowl sits on a small, conical foot that measures 5.7 cm (2.3 inches) in diameter.  The bowl...

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Price: £85.00


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