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Jelly glass

Jelly glass

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass, with mould-blown ribbing and scalloped rim

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Francis Buckley

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 118a, case 5

Object Type
The form of this jelly glass is one of many variants popular at the end of the 18th Century. Fundamentally they were just a cone on a small foot, but these objects were so ideal for their purpose that they were produced from about 1700 to at least 1845. They differed in details which often are noticeable only to specialist collectors.

Retailers & Trade
The component parts of a pyramid of jelly glasses could be bought from a glass dealer as a complete kit, or as separate items - all being likely to need regular replacement through breakage. Pyramids of jellies remained fashionable at the end of the 18th century, while individual jelly glasses (often now with elaborate cutting which would in no way match the pyramid of free-blown salvers) were also used separately on the dessert table.

Design & Designing
This example successfully combines the virtues of economical mould-blown ribbing as well as the sophistication of a scalloped-cut rim and a faceted foot.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1790 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Glass, with mould-blown ribbing and scalloped rim


Height: 10 cm, Diameter: 7.6 cm

Descriptive line

Jelly glass, 1780-1800

Labels and date

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; Food vessels & Tableware; British Galleries


Ceramics Collection

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