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  • Place of origin:

    England, Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mould-blown and wrought glass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Francis Buckley Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, room 118a, case 5

Object Type
The original name for these tiny glass single-flower vases is not known. However, their purpose is well known because they appear, holding flowers, on contemporary trade cards which illustrate glass pyramids of jelly glasses. No less than six are shown amongst the jelly glasses on the trade card of the London glass retailers Maydwell & Windle, dating from about 1750-1775.

Materials & Making
Such vases must have been exceptionally cheap to produce, since they are simply made from a mould-blown baluster stem (as used on salvers and the heavier types of drinking glasses), having one end open and the other adapted to become a foot with an applied disk of glass.

Collectors & Owners
As is the case with other cheap objects for which the fashion soon passed, these little vases are very rare. This example, the only one in the V&A collections, was presented in 1911 by Francis Buckley, a London lawyer and author of several books on the early London glass industry.

Place of Origin

England, Great Britain (made)


1750-1775 (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Mould-blown and wrought glass


Height: 9.3 cm, Diameter: 3.2 cm

Descriptive line

Vase for a single flower, England, 1750-1775

Labels and date

Made as an inverted moulded pedestal stem
British Galleries:
One of the most popular forms of dessert centrepiece was the jelly tree. This was a pyramid of glass salvers, desked with individual glasses containing brightly coloured jellies, custards, syllabubs, sugared fruits and flowers. [27/03/2003]


Glass; Vases; British Galleries

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