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Overall H: 21.7 cm; Rim Diam: 9.8 cm
On Display
about 1720
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Jerome Strauss
Web Description: 
The baluster was a type of English drinking glass made in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Its stem was in the form of a baluster, a short vertical support with a circular section and a vase-like outline. This motif, adopted from Renaissance architecture, had been employed on early 17th-century Venetian glasses. Balusters were first made in England shortly after George Ravenscroft introduced his lead glass, and they became very popular. The stems of these heavy glasses contained knops and air traps that reflected and refracted light. Inverted baluster stems, which resembled the Venetian glasses, were made until 1710. For the next 25 years, true baluster stems were in demand. Knops, which were arranged in various ways, were found on a wide range of objects, including candlesticks as well as drinking and dessert glasses.
Strauss, Jerome (1893-1978), Source
Christie's, Paris, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Goblet. Colorless lead glass; blown, applied. Round funnel bowl with bubble in base; stem composed of a pair of opposing balusters, each with air bubble, separated by a disk; domed and folded foot; rough pontil mark on underside.
Striking Innovation in British Glass
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1997-04-07 through 1999-04
Drinking Glasses Through the Ages
Place des Antiquaries 1987-11-18 through 1988-01-31
In Sparkling Company: Reflections on Glass in the 18th-century British World (2020) illustrated, p. 17 (fig. 5);
The Corning Museum of Glass, A Guide to the Collections (2001) (2001) illustrated, p. 84, third from left; BIB# 68214
Striking Innovation in British Glass (1997) illustrated BIB# 95024