An engraved Duke of Cumberland plain stem wine glass, circa 1740

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Lot 70*
An engraved Duke of Cumberland plain stem wine glass, circa 1740

Sold for £ 8,750 (US$ 10,958) inc. premium
An engraved Duke of Cumberland plain stem wine glass, circa 1740
The drawn trumpet bowl decorated with the bust portrait of the Duke, to sinister, within a circular double line panel and inscribed beneath the rim Prosperity to the Duke of Cumberland, the plain stem with conical foot, 16.3cm high

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  • Provenance:
    G.F.Berney Collection, sold at Christie's, 30 June 1936
    Henry Brown Collection, sold at Sotheby's, 25 February 1947, lot 78
    Anon., sale, Christie's, 29 June 1993, lot 103

    Literature:
    Bickerton (1986) p.288, no.917
    Lloyd (2000), p.84, pl.112

    William, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of King George II, was destined by his parents for a career in the army. He took part in the Battle of Dettingen in 1742, but is most renowned for his defeat of the Young Pretender at the Battle of Culloden which quashed the Jacobite Insurrection; his treatment of the clans earned him the unmerited title 'Butcher Cumberland'.

    For other examples from this rare group of Anti-Jacobite glasses see Joseph Bles, Rare English Glasses of the 17th and 18th Centuries (1924), p.115, no.48, L.M.Bickerton, Eighteenth Century English Drinking Glasses (1986), no.919 (Cecil Higgins Museum) and the Rose Collection, sold at Sotheby's, 6 March 1978, lot 51.
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