A rare colour-twist sweetmeat glass with blue bowl and foot, circa 1760
Lot 52
A rare colour-twist sweetmeat glass with blue bowl and foot, circa 1760
Sold for £20,000 (US$ 33,751) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare colour-twist sweetmeat glass with blue bowl and foot, circa 1760
The ribbed double-ogee blue-tinted bowl set on an opaque-twist stem consisting of a central blue spiral thread encircled by a pair of opaque-white threads, flanked by collars, above a blue-tinted domed ribbed foot with folded rim, 18.4cm high

Footnotes

  • An almost identical example of this extremely rare colour combination is illustrated by Christopher Sheppard and John Smith, From the Restoration to the Regency (1990), p.51, fig.76 which at that time was considered to be the only known example of its type. At 19cm high it is taller than the present example but presumably the two should be considered a pair. A further colour-twist sweetmeat, with an engraved clear glass bowl and foot divided by a blue and white threaded stem, is in the Rees Price Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum and is illustrated by Joseph Bles, Rare English Glasses (1924), frontispiece.

    At least three opaque-twist wine glasses with blue bowls and feet are recorded of which one is in the collection of Mr and Mrs Julius Kaplan, another in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and one sold at Sotheby's, 18 December 2002, lot 109

Saleroom notices

  • A further example of these rare glasses is now known to exist, located in a private UK collection.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. John Sandon
    Specialist - Glass
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 8244
    FaxFax: +44 20 7468 8252