An important Williamite heavy baluster wine goblet, circa 1720-30

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Lot 75
An important Williamite heavy baluster wine goblet, circa 1720-30

Sold for £ 10,000 (US$ 12,573) inc. premium
An important Williamite heavy baluster wine goblet, circa 1720-30
The large bell bowl engraved with a continuous scene of King William III with cavalry and infantry crossing the river Boyne, a discarded cannon lying next to a wheel and broken shaft of its limber, also a riderless horse in mid-river, inscribed 'In Glorious Memory of the Crossing 1690', set on a collar knop over heavy baluster stem and conical foot, 23.2cm high (small chip on the foot)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Hamilton Clements Collection
    The William Randolph Hearst Collection, sold by Sotheby's, 6 March 1953, lot 24
    The Walter F Smith Collection, sold by Sotheby's 4 December 1967, lot 102
    John De Tscharner Vischer Collection

    Literature:
    Although not illustrated, this glass was mentioned by Grant R. Francis in his Old English Drinking Glasses (1926) as being in the possession of Mr Hamilton Clements, see the caption to pl. LVIII, fig.346. The glass that Grant Francis shows as fig.346 also appears in G Bernard Hughes' English, Scottish and Irish Table Glass (1956), pl.132, fig.114 and shows the King fully in profile. It is likely both glasses are by the same engraver for they depict a very similar horse and the treatment of the grass underfoot is remarkably similar. The depiction of the battlefield with figures and horses actually crossing the Boyne is exceptional on a Williamite glass.
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An important Williamite heavy baluster wine goblet, circa 1720-30
An important Williamite heavy baluster wine goblet, circa 1720-30
An important Williamite heavy baluster wine goblet, circa 1720-30
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