Wineglass with the British Royal Arms and Monogram of Queen Anne

Object Name: 
Wineglass with the British Royal Arms and Monogram of Queen Anne

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Object Name: 
Wineglass with the British Royal Arms and Monogram of Queen Anne
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Overall: H: 23.5 cm, Diam (max): 11.9 cm
On Display
probably 1707
Web Description: 
A baluster is a drinking glass featuring a short vertical support with a circular section and a vase-like outline. Typically, those from England do not excel in grandness. Rather, they are distinctive expressions of a civil society, and as such, display the virtues of a moderate but comfortable life. Not so this goblet. It nearly doubles the size of an ordinary English wine glass, and must have been made for public representation rather than for daily use. Our goblet celebrates one of the crucial moments in British history. Its bowl is engraved with the royal arms of Great Britain as they were in use from 1603 until 1707, and with the monogram of Queen Anne (AR for Anna Regina; r. 1702–1714). A rose and a thistle on the foot, the emblems of the English and Scottish nations, apparently refer to the union of the two kingdoms in 1707. The royal arms of Britain changed after this agreement was settled, which indicates that the goblet was engraved before, most likely in 1707. Not many comparable glasses are known. A slightly smaller wine glass with cusp-knobbed stem and the same coat of arms in The Fitzwilliam Museum of Art (C.588-1961) comes closest.
Rainer Zietz Limited, Source
Engraved In Royal Arms/Side
Primary Description: 
Wineglass with the British Royal Arms and Monogram of Queen Anne. Lead glass; blown, copper-wheel engraved. Baluster Goblet with Royal Arms and Monogram of Queen Anne of England. Lead glass blown with mat and polish copper wheel engraving. Goblet has sloping foot with folded rim, baluster stem with ball knop with large air bubble, and conical bowl with rounded bottom. Engraved with The Royal Arms and the monogram AR on the bowl, with a Rose and Thistle on the foot.
In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain during the 1700s
Corning Museum of Glass 2021-05-22 through 2022-01-02
In 2020, the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) will present In Sparkling Company: Glass and Social Life in Britain during the 1700s; an exhibition exploring the role of glass, light and reflectivity in eighteenth-century social life. In the 1700s, Britain was a vibrant and commercial nation. Its growing cities were hubs of sociability, scientific advancement, trade, and finance. From glittering costume and elaborately presented confectionery, to polished mirrors and dazzling chandeliers, glass helped define the social rituals and cultural values of the period. While new innovations in glass delighted the wealthy, the material also bore witness to the ambitions of colonization and the horrors of the African slave trade. Glass beads were traded for human lives and elegant glass dishes, baskets and bowls held sweet delicacies made with sugar produced by enslaved labor. Underpinning Britain’s prosperity were aggressive foreign trade policies, colonization and a far-reaching economy of enslavement, the profits of which funded the pleasures and innovations of the fashionable world. Beginning in the intimate setting of a private dressing room, with a magnificent silver gilt dressing service made for the Duchess of Portland in about 1700, learn about how the elite prepared themselves for a night of revelry and entertainment. See the dazzling clothes and accessories worn by the ‘polished’ individual and understand the rules that governed how they behaved. Enter a specially commissioned virtual reality reconstruction of the remarkable and innovative glass-paneled drawing room designed for the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland in 1775, an interior that hasn’t been seen for nearly 200 years. Become immersed in the glittering nightlife of British elite and feel the tension between the exuberance of the fashionable world and the human cost of such sparkling company. Through a lens of glass, see what it meant to be ‘modern’ in the 1700s, and what it cost.
The Fragile Art: Extraordinary Objects from The Corning Museum of Glass
Park Avenue Armory 2009-01-23 through 2009-02-01
The 55th Annual Winter Antiques Show
In Sparkling Company: Reflections on Glass in the 18th-century British World (2020) illustrated, p. 17 (fig. 5);
Title Unknown (Glass Circle News) (2011-02-01) illustrated, p. 12, no. 5;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2005 (2006) illustrated, p. 10, left; BIB# AI90241
Recent Acquisitions (2006) illustrated, p. 11; BIB# AI69872
Works of art from the Royal House of Hanover (2005) Bd. 1, p. 65, 111 and Bd. 2, p. 160 (lot 967); BIB# 89652