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Wine glass

Wine glass

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1849-1851 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    George Bacchus and Sons (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Clear glass, engraved, with twisted, coloured threads in the stem

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122, case 4

Object Type
This glass, probably for champagne, is in the 'Anglo-Venetian' style popularised by Apsley Pellatt IV (1791-1863). The coloured twist stem and double loop were supposed to be reminiscent of 17th-century Venetian stems. John Tallis, in his History and Description of the Crystal Palace (1852), described the 'delicate twisted stems' of Bacchus' glasses as 'novel and chaste'.

George Bacchus & Sons was a Birmingham firm, previously known as Bacchus, Green and Green. They were one of the leading British glassmakers of the mid-19th century, keeping up with and sometimes creating stylistic and technical developments. They were known for, among other things, flashed glass and transfer-printing on glass, and by 1848 they had become the first English firm to produce Venetian-style millefiore glass (made from composite sections of coloured glass cane).

Historical Associations
Bacchus' collection of glassware at the Great Exhibition was described as 'not large but well designed and executed'. He exhibited examples of coloured and cased glass, cutting, engraving and enamelling. The range of vessels included a flower-stand, vases (including some cased in green and in ruby), a tazza (or shallow bowl), wine glasses, an enamelled sugar bowl and butter dish, cut glass decanters and engraved goblets.

Physical description

Wine Glass; clear glass, engraved & with twisted, coloured enamel threads in the stem. Wide, shallow bowl engraved with leaf & berry motif, resting on a figure of 8 twisted stem which has blue, red & white enamel threads in it. The whole resting on a circular foot.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)


1849-1851 (made)


George Bacchus and Sons (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Clear glass, engraved, with twisted, coloured threads in the stem


Height: 13 cm, Diameter: 9.5 cm maximum, Diameter: 6.8 cm base

Object history note

Made by George Bacchus and Sons, Birmingham

Descriptive line

Wine glass, engraved, with twisted, coloured threads in the stem, probably made by George Bacchus & Sons, England (Birmingham), 1849-1854

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

B. Morris, Victorian Table Glass and Ornaments, London 1978; pl. 45)

Labels and date

British Galleries:
TWO WINE GLASSES engraved with Exhibition motifs

Apsley Pellat, the famous firm of glass manufacturers, showed many drinking vessels in their display, as well as a huge chandelier. The twisted white threads in both stems imitate Venetian glass. Many glasses in this style were engraved, using motifs relevant for the occasion - including the globe (signifying the international theme) and the crown (signifying royal support). [27/03/2003]

Subjects depicted

Leaves; Berries


British Galleries; Glass; Drinking


Ceramics Collection

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