Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Champagne glass
  • Champagne glass
    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915
  • Enlarge image

Champagne glass

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1862-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915 (designer)
    James Powell & Sons (manufacturer)
    Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Clear glass, hand-blown and part mould-blown

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by May Morris

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Object Type
Although flutes were still made for drinking champagne, glasses with cup-shaped bowls were probably introduced around 1830 and were standard by the 1860s. Among the glasses designed by Philip Webb there is also a champagne flute.

Historical Associations
By 1860, the architect Philip Webb (1831-1915) had designed an elaborately decorated range of glassware for William Morris's personal use at the Red House. These designs were subsequently simplified, probably by Webb, for commercial production by James Powell & Sons Glass Works. This glass is from that production. It was sold exclusively through Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. and curiously, despite its importance in the firm's accounts, very little of the range survives. Against a small sketch of this shape, Philip Webb describes the glass as for champagne in the passbook in which he kept a record of his designs matched with prices. It is not clear exactly to what these relate but it has been suggested that '2 champagne 3/6d' may be Webb's account of two glasses taken from Morris & Co's stock in payment for his design work. The glass was bequeathed to the Museum by Morris's daughter, May Morris. Her continued occupation of the family home, Kelmscott Manor suggests that the glass may have been chosen by William Morris or his wife Jane.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1862-1870 (made)


Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915 (designer)
James Powell & Sons (manufacturer)
Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Clear glass, hand-blown and part mould-blown


Height: 15.7 cm, Diameter: 8.2 cm bowl, Diameter: 7.4 cm base

Object history note

Designed by Philip Webb (born in Oxford, 1831, died in Worth, West Sussex, 1915) and made by James Powell & Sons, Whitefriars Glass Works, London

Descriptive line

Champagne glass, England (London), designed by Philip Webb for Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., made by James Powell & Sons (Whitefriars), 1862-1870

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

Rudoe & Coutts (1992; Fig. 10a)
Anarchy & beauty : William Morris and his legacy, 1860-1960 / by Fiona MacCarthy. London: National Portrait Gallery, [2014] Number: 9781855144842, 1855144840

Labels and date

British Galleries:

In January 1860, Philip Webb designed enamel-painted glassware in historical style for William Morris's own use at the Red House. These were made by James Powell & Sons. By 1862, without the painting and with the shape simplified for commercial production, the glassware was sold through Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. Two of these examples were used at the Morris family's country home, Kelmscott Manor in Oxfordshire. [27/03/2003]


Glass; Drinking


Ceramics Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.