Within the broader context of 18th century drinking
glasses there are certain areas which form the basis of specialist
collecting fields. One of these is Beilby glassware, a class mostly
of drinking glasses distinguished by painted white and coloured
enamel decoration produced over a short period around 1760.
The Beilby family of Newcastle: William, Richard and Mary were
all skilled glass decorators who learned how to fire enamels onto
glass and worked for different factories in the Newcastle area.
Their decorative repertoire ranged across various categories
from simple white enamel floral or avian motifs, painted around the
bowl of small cylindrical bowled wine or cordial glasses, via more
complex classical architectural vignettes to armorials in
Their most complex works were the large glasses and decanters
made as special commissions for particular families or events such
a ship launch.
From the ATG Archive
04 July 2011
Bought at a car boot sale in the Portsmouth area earlier this year for just 40p each, these three opaque twist wine glasses decorated by the Beilby workshop of Newcastle upon Tyne c.1765 sold for £16,000 at the latest sale held by Stride and Son of Chichester.
21 June 2008
An entire day was devoted to glass by Bonhams earlier this month as they offered just shy of 500 lots of English and Continental glass in their Bond Street rooms.
11 February 2006
Two lavish catalogues, a DVD, three days at Syon House, trips to the USA and Hong Kong, acres of press coverage… Sotheby’s and Christie’s apart, seldom can a UK auction house have devoted more time, more energy and more money to promoting a sale than Lyon & Turnbull did with the Drambuie Collection.
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21 January 2012
The single-owner sale of English and Dutch drinking glasses collected by A.C. Hubbard offered over 500 lots to tempt enthusiasts into the saleroom.
25 January 2005
Two of the strongest performances in the December ceramics sales came from the glass sections offered at Bonhams Bond Street on December 8 and at Sotheby’s Olympia two weeks later.
02 January 2010
Traditionally a glass sale is always one of the last pre-Christmas auctions in the London rooms.
16 September 2004
ONE of 11, generally very fine, British drinking glasses consigned from ‘a Highland lady’ to The Scottish Sale held by Bonhams (17.5% buyer's premium) in Edinburgh on August 18-20, was this 3 1/4in (8cm) high polychromed enamel firing glass, right, probably decorated c.1765 by member of the Beilby family of Newcastle.
17 January 2009
For some years now it has been traditional to hold a major auction of antique glass in the immediate run-up to the festive season.
11 October 2003
IN terms of collecting focus, much of the pre-sale attention for the Harvey’s Wine Museum sale at Bonhams centred on the October 1 glass and ceramics auction.