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Custard glass

Custard glass

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Clear glass, with mould-blown ribs

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Francis Buckley, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 118a, case 5

Object Type
Jelly or custard glasses of this period were made with many variations, all having the flaring shape so well suited to spooning out dessert. This common form also had the advantage that pieces from different sets could easily be mixed together on a pyramid of graduated salvers.

Retailers & Traders
By the second half of the 18th century, the number of 'chinamen' (retailers of porcelain, pottery and glass) had greatly increased to cater for fashionable new table settings. Many types of dessert glasses are shown in their trade cards, generally falling into the categories of tall or squat, and cut or mould-blown.

Design & Designing
Although this mould-blown example would have been much cheaper than cut glass, it echoes the styles of cut glass with its lobed foot and diamond-mesh pattern. Possibly due to the lack of suitably patterned dip-mould, this piece has been mould-blown with vertical ribs which have been pinched together while still molten - an outmoded and labour-intensive technique dating back to George Ravenscroft's Italian glassmakers of the 1670s.

Physical description

Bowl: rib-moulded double ogee

Place of Origin

England (made)


1750-1775 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Clear glass, with mould-blown ribs


Height: 5.7 cm, Diameter: 6.7 cm

Object history note

Made in England

Descriptive line

Jelly glass ('monteith'), England, 1750-1800

Labels and date

Perhaps made from a pedestal stem mould, opened outwards []
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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