The Sutherland Wine Glass. A fine enamelled opaque-twist wine glass Circa 1765.
Lot 289*
The Sutherland Wine Glass. A fine enamelled opaque-twist wine glass Circa 1765.
Sold for £13,200 (US$ 21,902) inc. premium
Lot Details
The Sutherland Wine Glass. A fine enamelled opaque-twist wine glass
Circa 1765.
Probably Beilby workshop, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the round funnel bowl painted in opaque-white with a cat sejant proper on a ribbon wreath below the motto Sans Peur, set on a double-series stem and conical foot, 14.8cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance: The Julius and Ann Kaplan Collection, Washington DC; private collection, Scotland, sold Mallett (GH81); illustrated Newby (1998), fig.14; Rush (1987), no.48; Cottle (1986), p.319, and p.317, fig.8; exhibited at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 'The Decorated Glasses of William and Mary Beilby 1761 to 1778' (1980), no.63. The crest and motto may relate to William Gordon, 18th Earl of Sutherland (1735-1766) of Dunrobin Castle, near Golspie, Sutherland. His daughter Elizabeth (1765-1839) inherited the title as 19th Countess of Sutherland in 1766.
    It has previously been suggested that the enamelling on this glass belongs to a group of armorial, portrait and masonic glasses of a slightly different character from those of the Beilby Workshop. This group is considered to have been produced in Newcastle-upon-Tyne by other enamellers (including Anthony Taylor who is recorded by Thomas Bewick in his Memoir) or in Scotland. However, the open letters of the motto correspond closely to those on attributable Beilby examples. The roughened rim of the bowl where the gilding was more easily applied is also a feature of Beilby glass. Although one or more of this questionable group has traces of gilding to the rim - notably one of those with the Bannerman crest - the presence of gilding suggests that is more likely that the present lot was decorated by a member of the Beilby Workshop

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