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  • Goblet
    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915
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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1862-1863 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915 (designer)
    James Powell & Sons (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass, hand-blown and part mould-blown

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs J. W. Mackail

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Object Type
The shape of this goblet appears to be unique. Philip Webb (1831-1915) has created a design that combines a flat-bottomed vessel part, typical of an elaborately coloured and enamel-painted 16th-century Venetian goblet, with a stem of six twisted canes (rods) of glass and a raised foot. But in designing it for clear glass and giving the vessel part a ribbed profile he has invented an entirely new form.

Webb designed a set of table glass intended for the personal use of the designer and writer William Morris (1834-1896) at Red House, Bexleyheath, Kent. The fully completed drawings for this glass are dated January 1860. It was made by James Powell & Sons of London. That first set, which no longer survives, was elaborately historicist in style and included enamel-painted decoration. By 1862 Webb was converting the more elaborate designs into a plainer range for multiple production. This goblet is from that plainer range.

Physical description

This wine glass is one the range of glasses by the architect Philip Webb. They appear to have come from Morris's own home, having been commissioned by him. Cutting and engraving were frowned upon and emphasis on the natural and simple blown form characterises these glasses.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1862-1863 (made)


Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915 (designer)
James Powell & Sons (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Glass, hand-blown and part mould-blown


Height: 12.7 cm

Object history note

This goblet is among the designs made by Philip Webb as an adaptation of his original designs for William Morris's own use at the Red HouseDesigned by Philip Webb (born in Oxford, 1831, died in Worth, West Sussex, 1915), made by James Powell & Sons at their Whitefriars Glass Works, London

Descriptive line

Goblet, England (London), designed by Philip Webb, and made by J. Powell and Sons, 1862-63

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

Anarchy & beauty : William Morris and his legacy, 1860-1960 / by Fiona MacCarthy. London: National Portrait Gallery, [2014] Number: 9781855144842, 1855144840

Labels and date

A series of stemmed glasses of this design were illustrated in The Studio, 93, May 1927, p. 322, captioned: 'Designed by Philip Webb for William Morris in 1859, executed by James Powell and Sons (Whitefriars) Ltd.' The original design by Philip Webb is preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum's Print Room. They are not, however, part of the group designed for Morris' personal use at the Red House, and were probably designed for sale in Morris' shop: Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. []




ELISE; Glass; Drinking


Ceramics Collection

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