Wine labels, used to embellish and identify the contents of a
decanter or bottle, first came into use about 1730 and are still
made today but their heyday was 1770-1860.
These labels, also used for sauces, were typically made of
silver or silver plate with materials such as enamel, pottery,
porcelain, ivory, bone or mother-of pearl also in common
What they are not are the paper labels designed to be stuck on
to bottles - that represents a quite separate field of
Some collectors concentrate on the great variety of designs,
others on the multiplicity of names on labels, on the silversmiths
and other makers, or on the place of manufacture.
by Roland Arkell
From the ATG Archive
20 November 2012
Wine labels from the old and celebrated Sandeman collection provided 63 lots to Woolley & Wallis’ sale in Salisbury last month.
23 October 2010
AN interest in wine and a holiday to Britain 49 years ago led New Englanders Alden and Connie Lank to their first silver wine labels.
04 October 2003
FOR Harvey's read Bristol Cream, but there is far more to this celebrated brand than the nation’s best known sherry.
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02 February 2016
Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s saw sales fall in 2015, a sign that the art market may be slowing.
25 June 2015
A fine 1875 vintage… never opened… so what did this bottle of wine sell for?
30 July 2015
Dutch online auction business Catawiki has raised $82m to build its business.
27 May 2015
The highlight of the latest Woolley & Wallis sale of Asian art held in Salisbury was this 4in (10cm) Yongzheng (1723-35) mark and period doucai lingzhi bowl.
16 July 2015
The Stanley Gibbons Group has bought online wine trading platform Bid for Wine.
13 February 2015
Bonhams throw down the gauntlet at Irma Stern Museum after Strauss & Co's China Girl TV stunt