An engraved Jacobite airtwist wine glass, circa 1750
Lot 65*
An engraved Jacobite airtwist wine glass, circa 1750
Sold for £4,750 (US$ 7,710) inc. premium

Lot Details
An engraved Jacobite airtwist wine glass, circa 1750
The round funnel bowl decorated with a crowned heraldic rose, bud and thistle with leaves, the reverse with a crowned lion passant standing on a cap of maintenance(?), set on a multi-spiral stem and conical foot, 16.5cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Anon., sale, Phillip's, 16 September 1998, lot 32

    Literature:
    Lloyd (2000), p.82, pl.108(b) and p.84

    The Cap of Maintenance is a heraldic device associated with Ducal Houses and this appears to have been used by three Ducal families - that of Richmond, Grafton and St. Albans. All three titles were originally bestowed on the illegitimate sons of King Charles II (1660-1680). It is possible that this crest is that of Charles Fitzroy 2nd Duke of Grafton, grandson of Charles II and Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland. He was born on 25th October 1683, first son of the 1st Duke of Grafton and his wife Lady Bennet. It would appear very unusual to find the dimidiated thistle and rose with single bud engraved on glass, the crown above perhaps alluding to the right of the Stuarts over both Scotland and England. For a similar style of engraving of the rose with single bud and separate thistle spray see Geoffrey Seddon, The Jacobites and their Drinking Glasses, p.101, pl.53.
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