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Wine glass

ca. 1730
Origin: England
H: 5"
Colorless lead glass
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1972-60
Pointed rounded funnel bowl with heavy base baluster stem consisting of large angular knop with long tear running down to proper knop at base of stem. Folded conical foot.
Label:British stemware evolved dramatically during the eighteenth century. Early glasses featured bold knops. Gradually, emphasis shifted from the shape of the stem to the decorative possibilities offered by the inclusion of interlaced strands of trapped air or colored glass. It can be difficult to distinguish the specific function of early drinking vessels, but this glass was likely used for wine. Such forms all have a much smaller capacity than is standard today.
Provenance:Maureen Thompson, London