Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
7.25 inches tall, plain stem with a folded foot - if that means anything to you. Lovely.
If only it could talk about the people's whose lips have touched it, the conversations, the food, the lives. What a treasure!
But probably best left to the imagination. It would be terrible to know that a complete arse used to drink from it.
Are you sure it wasn't free from the Esso garage circa 1975?
Not yet. I only bought it last night and it hasn't been sent.
I am amazed that glasses can survive for nearly 300 years when glasses that survive a year in my house is a record.
I have one book with a picture of a ridiculously elaborate, Venetian glass covered in thin curly-wurlys, also about 300 years old. The caption reads, "The survival of this glass is testament to the sobriety of its owner".
Again, a beautiful glass. You're beginning to make my antique glasses look very ordinary.
If you get bitten, it is hard to appreciate anything else, though I did see some interesting modern Swedish glasses yesterday. I have stopped at mid-18th c. trumpet glasses, but I know some real fanatics who will not settle for anything less than things that fetch around £3000 each. It's an illness.
I once went to a dinner party in the 80's (that's when everyone had dinner parties) and the hostess laid the table with all manner of antique glasses. I was charmed by the haphazardness of nothing matching - just exquisite glassware - and the memory has stayed with me.
Matching sets of these antique glasses are not only next to impossible to find, but if you do, they tend to be found at Christie's auctions for about £20,000. Someone found a set of about 20 toasting glasses in a box in a cellar in Amsterdam once. Toasting glasses are about 12 inches tall on really thin stems, so to find one is still a sort of miracle.
Exquisite. May you long enjoy its magic and much champagne of only the very best.
It arrived today. It's great.