A Beilby enamelled opaque-twist ale glass from the Horsley service circa 1765

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Lot 47
A Beilby enamelled opaque-twist ale glass from the Horsley service
circa 1765

Sold for £ 3,840 (US$ 4,773) inc. premium
A Beilby enamelled opaque-twist ale glass from the Horsley service
circa 1765
The elongated ogee bowl painted with the horse's head crest of the Horsley family, the reverse with the monogram SMH in yellow, set on a double-series opaque-twist stem and later conical foot, 20.2cm high (the foot a later replacement)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Possibly sold at Sotheby's, 13 March 1956, lot 80 (one of a pair)
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's, 22 November 2005, lot 163

    The present lot appears to be part of a small service of decanters and three sizes of goblets, wine glasses and ale flutes of which eight examples have survived (see Simon Cottle, unpublished MSS, Beilby Armorials, nos.33 to 40, listed as 34/2). See the wine glass from this service sold in these Rooms, 16 December 2009, lot 65. Another ale glass from this service can be found in the New Orleans Museum of Art. The service was probably commissioned by the Revd. Samuel Horsley (1733-1806), Bishop of St. Asaph and Secretary of the Royal Society. Two wine glasses in two sizes from this service are illustrated by Rush (1973), p.23, fig.10 and Rush (1987), p.72, fig.35. A pair of decanters and stoppers and a pair of ale glasses were sold by Sotheby's, 13th March 1956, lot 80 where it is stated that they were found in the Sunderland area. A pair of wine glasses were sold by Sotheby's, 14th December 1945, lot 15, purchased by Cecil Davis, illustrated Connoisseur, May 1951, p.110, pl.7. In the auction catalogue it states that the wine glasses were part of a commemorative set and had descended to the then owner from the 'Horsey' (sic) family.

    Samuel Horsley (1733-1806) was born in St.Martin's Place, London and was ordained deacon and subsequently priest in 1758 by his godfather, Zachary Pearce, Bishop of Rochester.

    On 18th January 1759 Samuel Horsley became Rector of Newington Butts, a rural parish close to London. A non-resident rector, he lived in London and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on 9th April 1767. For the next decade the Royal Society became the focus of his intellectual life and it is possible that through this institution on his death in 1806 he left his glasses to fellow members (see John M. Bacon, Circle of Glass Collectors, papers No.9, 16 March 1939 'Beilby Enamel Painted Glass').

    Horsley became Archdeacon of St. Albans in 1781, Bishop of St. David's on 6th May 1788 and in 1801, following a heated political career which saw him taking on some of the leading politicians of the age during his parliamentary term in the House of Lords, he moved into the bishop's palace at St. Asaph where he ended his days.
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