An enamelled cested wine glass, possibly Beilby, PRO PATRIA, circa 1765
Lot 65
An enamelled crested wine glass, possibly Beilby, circa 1765
Sold for £6,250 (US$ 10,121) inc. premium

Lot Details
An enamelled crested wine glass, possibly Beilby, circa 1765
The large ogee bowl painted in opaque white enamel heightened in red with the crest of a knight holding a sword, his legs akimbo, flanked by the motto 'PRO PATRIA', on an opaque twist stem containing a multiple spiral and with a folded foot, 15.2cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Peter Meyer Collection
    Hamilton Clements Collection, sold Sotheby's 16 July 1930, lot 57
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's 24 July 1951, lot 169, purchased by Cecil Davis
    The Property of a Lady, Christie's, 2 November 1982, lot 108, bought by Maureen Thompson

    The crest on the present lot has previously erroneously been attributed to that of the Ogilvie family. However, it is now accepted that it belongs to that of Bannerman of Elsick

    A baronetcy was conferred by Charles II on Sir Alexander Bannerman in 1682. The family estates were at Elsick in Kincardineshire. The 3rd baronet, Sir Alexander Bannerman (?-1747) married Isabella, heiress of the Trotters of Horsley in Yorkshire in 1737. The estates were sold at a nominal price by the 4th baronet, Sir Alexander Bannerman (d.1770) to avoid forfeiture following his father's and his own participation in the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. They had raised a regiment which fought at Culloden and were thus on the wrong side. The limited palette of colours employed on the Bannerman glasses may suggest an association with those enamelled wine glasses painted with a bust portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in red, white and blue now considered to be of Scottish origin, see Simon Cottle, 'The Other Beilbys: British Enamelled Glass of the Eighteenth Century' Apollo (October 1986), p.322, pl.VII. The 4th baronet married Elizabeth, daughter of Marmaduke Sedgwick, in 1764 and died at Horsley, 13 June 1770

    Three further similar examples may be found in the Cecil Higgins Museum and Art Gallery, Bedford, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and in the Museum of London. The presence of folded feet on opaque twist stem glasses is unusual and may be another reason to ascribe these to a provincial centre of manufacture.
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