Wineglass with Chinoiserie Scene

Object Name: 
Wineglass with Chinoiserie Scene

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Object Name: 
Wineglass with Chinoiserie Scene
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 15 cm, Diam (max): 7 cm
Not on Display
about 1765-1770
Web Description: 
This beautifully-proportioned English wineglass with double-twist stem, dated to about 1765, is appealingly decorated with an opaque white enameled chinoiserie scene attributed to William Beilby, Jr. (1740─1819), and his sister Mary (1749─1797). The enameled scene depicts an interpretation of a Chinese temple, surrounded by poplar trees, housing a figure on a pedestal holding a staff. The Beilby family worked in Newcastle upon Tyne from the end of the 1750s to the end of the 1770s. William Beilby, Sr. (1706─1765) worked as a silversmith and jeweler. His wife, Mary (1712─1778), was a teacher and the Beilby children, William, Jr., Ralph (1743─1817), Thomas (1747─1826), and Mary, worked in various trades, including painting on glass. The Beilbys used opaque white or polychrome enamel to decorate glassware with Rococo motifs, including heraldic coats of arms, flora and fauna, architectural ruins, pastoral motifs, and in this case, chinoiserie scenes. Chinoiserie refers to the 17th-and 18th-century interpretations of Oriental themes and subjects on European and American decorative arts. Chinoiserie images were easily accessible to artisans of the 18th century through published pattern books. Rococo designs, also found in pattern books, originated in France in about 1715 and became popular in England in the mid-18th century. The Beilbys’ enameled decoration reflects the typical Rococo elements of asymmetry, nature, and movement.
Hubbard, A. C. Jr., Former Collection
Bonhams, Source
Primary Description: 
Wineglass with Chinoiserie Scene. Colorless and opaque white lead glass; blown, applied, enameled, gilded. Wineglass with round funnel bowl set atop a double-series opaque white twist stem and circular foot. Exterior of bowl decorated with opaque white enameled scene showing a figure holding a staff and standing on a pedestal in a Chinese pavilion flanked by poplar trees. Traces of gilding to rim.
In Sparkling Company: Reflections on Glass in the 18th-century British World (2020) illustrated, p. 19 (fig. 7);
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2012 (2013) illustrated, pp. 7, 8; BIB# AI94590
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2012 (2013) illustrated, p. 14, #6; BIB# AI95675
Notes: Corning Museum Makes Significant Acqusitions in 2012 (2013) illustrated, p. 251, #3; BIB# AI98180
Eighteenth Century English Drinking Glasses (1986) illustrated, p. 336, no. 1,100; cover ill.;