Glassware

This category includes British and Continental drinking glasses such as early Venetian examples, 18th century British lead glass with engraved decoration and highly decorative 19th century Bohemian glasses. It also covers glass bottles, decanters and other collectable vessels.

Another much collected areas include art glass from the Art Nouveau and Deco periods by known designers such Emile Gallé and René Lalique.


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Gallé’s special bowl could sell for a special price

26 February 2024

In 1903, only one year before his death, Emile Gallé was commissioned by the Belgian company Solvay et Cie with the creation of a bowl to mark the 30th anniversary of its factory in Dombasle.

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Lalique style leads selection of design classics at Chiswick Auctions

19 February 2024

Lalique, the epitome of inter-war glamour, took centre stage at the Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) Design sale.

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Lalique and Doulton star in Florida saleroom

12 February 2024

A small 8in cast bronze relief or architectural element c.1900 designed by Art Nouveau and Art Deco master René Lalique was offered in Florida.

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A taste of rare colour combinations at Bonhams

05 February 2024

The Durrington Collection of Glass, a select 60-lot auction which Bonhams (28/27/21/14.4% buyer’s premium) offered for sale last year, featured some of the best examples of 18th century British glassmaking across a number of collectable categories.

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Fair winds and god speed for Captain Vancouver

05 February 2024

Explorer and naval captain George Vancouver set sail from King’s Lynn in April 1791 aboard HMS Discovery to survey the Pacific Northwest coastline of North America.

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Collector Interview: How the flavour of times past can be discovered in a single glass

05 February 2024

Geoffrey Walton has a collection of 18th century cider and perry glasses. He has used his considerable knowledge of the items and the social background at the time they were made and used to write a book on the subject.

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Venini glass designs from two Italian architects build up transatlantic interest

29 January 2024

Two exceptional pieces of Venini glass surfaced at auction in the final days of 2023 on different sides of the Atlantic.

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Lalique scents an opportunity at Illinois auction

22 January 2024

For René Lalique, glass making represented a second career.

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Claret with character thanks to a novelty jug

15 January 2024

Figural novelty silver-mounted glass claret jugs are a favourite collectable and some of the most popular examples are fashioned as animals.

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Gallé rocks with rare glass vase at auction

15 January 2024

Very much the highest price in a recent sale held by Beaussant Lefèvre (28% buyer’s premium) at Drouot was the €95,000 (£82,610) paid for a rare Gallé glass vase.

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Previews: issue 2624

02 January 2024

Our selection of lots from nine upcoming auctions.

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Original Lalique jewellery designs go on show

11 December 2023

A design for a swan-shaped pendant suspended by a gracefully curved neck and bearing a scene of two more swans is among the highlights at an exhibition on the drawings and sketches of René Lalique (1860-1945).

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Gallé vase forms a geological wonder

04 December 2023

On December 8 Beaussant-Lefèvre is holding a sale that will feature a number of examples of Gallé glass including this early piece.

Glass goblet

Pick of the week: Icon of British glass brings £140,000 at auction

20 November 2023

A royal armorial goblet by William Beilby – among the most celebrated pieces of glass ever produced in Britain – sold for a record £140,000 at Bonhams.

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Discovering Lalique’s lost wax

20 November 2023

Lyon & Turnbull’s (26/25/20% buyer's premium) Lalique sale in London included six of the rare pieces made using the cire perdue technique.

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Heavyweight sums for ‘paperweights’

30 October 2023

Charity donation from the collection of the man who brought Woolworths to the UK includes rare Tiffany vases.

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Jacobite drinking glasses toast Old and Young Pretenders to the throne

09 October 2023

Hot on the heels of just over 20 lots of 18th century Jacobite drinking glasses offered at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on August 16 (see ATG No 2607), more of these desirable items appeared at two other salerooms.

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A Lalique story told by the founder’s grand-daughter

02 October 2023

Lion & Unicorn (25% buyer’s premium) is currently selling items from the estate of the late Marie-Claude Lalique (1935-2003).

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A cameo appearance for Art Nouveau

02 October 2023

A selection of French Art Nouveau glass coming up for sale at sales in the UK and Germany. Bidding is available via thesaleroom.com.

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Premier Glass Fairs launches with West Midlands event

02 October 2023

Collector starts event for contemporary, vintage and antique examples in spiritual home of British glassmaking

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