M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
QUEEN ANNE / GEORGE I HEAVY BALUSTER SMALL WINE GLASS
The round funnel bowl with a deep solid base above a teared baluster stem
having an angular knop above a round basal knop,
and raised on a wide domed and folded foot with snapped pontil
Heavy baluster glasses date from the earliest part of the 18th century until about 1730.
They were designed as a sculptural quality of craftsmanship which needed no further decoration.
Due to the 1745 Excise Tax on glass (by weight), many heavy balusters were melted down
for remaking the greater amounts of glass into smaller "more fashionable items".
This melting strongly contributes to their rarity.
Sizes generally range between 6" and 8".
However the smaller pieces seem to bring higher prices than the larger examples.
Condition : Excellent, of heavy weight and good grey tone; no flaws found
5.5" High, The Rim, 2.75" Wide, The Foot, 3.25" Wide
Also See :
Tales of Christmas Past ; The British 18th Century
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