M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
WILLIAM III / QUEEN ANNE HEAVY BALUSTER GOBLET
The deep round funnel-shaped bowl having a solid base with lower teared extrusion
above a thick inverted baluster stem with elongated tear,
raised on a domed folded foot
Ref : A quite similar glass is illustrated in "Investing in Georgian Glass", Ward Lloyd, p.38,
differing only in the shape of the internal baluster tear :
"A good early baluster goblet dating from about 1700.
The round funnel bowl has a slight extrusion in the base,
the stem is an inverted baluster and the foot is domed and folded."
Heavy baluster glasses date from the earliest part of the 18th century until about 1730.
They were designed with 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".
Condition : Excellent without damage or repairs;
a few very minor fine surface scratches to the bowl exterior
7" High / The Bowl & Foot Each 3.5" Wide / 17 oz.
William III / Queen Anne Heavy Baluster Goblet, England, c1700-1710
England, c1700-1710, 7.5" High
George I / II
Baluster Cordial or Gin Glass
England, c1720-30, 5.5" High
George I Two-Teared Baluster Wine Glass, c1720
England, c1720, 6.5" High
Provenance : 'The Harding Collection', Sotheby's London
TRANSFORMATIONS : FROM THE EARTH & SANDS, PART II, GLASS
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