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

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 hand blown, dark amethyst glass cream jug dating from the turn of the 18th/19th centuries, c1800.  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 has a baluster-shaped bowl measuring 6 cm (2.4 inches) in diameter at the pouring rim.  The bowl is plain save for worn gilding under the pouring rim and what was once the legend "Be Canny with the Cream" and sits on a raised conical foot.  The foot of the jug is 4.6 cm (1.8 inches) in diameter and the jug is 11.4 cm (4.6 inches) in height. There are no chips,...

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Price: £115.00

Dutch or German roemer

Dutch or German roemer

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, Continental (probably Dutch or German), green roemer (or römer) dating from the turn of the 18th/19th centuries, c1800. 
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows the age related wear and tear to the rim of the foot and the rim of the bowl consistent with some 200 years of use.  It has a rough pontil mark on the middle of the foot.  
 
The glass has a cup-shaped bowl, measuring 5.7 cm (2.3 inches) in diameter at the rim.   The bowl is plain and sits on a hollow stem, decorated with an irregular milled band to the top and with one row of three applied raspberry prunts.  The stem leads to a conical spirally...

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Price: £125.00

Dutch or German roemer

Dutch or German roemer

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, Continental (probably Dutch or German), green roemer (or römer) dating from the middle of the 18th century, c1770. 
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows the age related wear and tear to the rim of the foot and the rim of the bowl consistent with some 250 years of use.  It has a rough pontil mark on the middle of the foot.  
 
The glass has a cup-shaped bowl, measuring 5.2 cm (2.1 inches) in diameter at the rim.   The bowl is plain and sits on a hollow stem, open to the cup so that the Rhenish wine or other liquour would reach to the bottom of the stem.     The stem is decorated with an...

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Price: £95.00


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