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A Rare Opalescent Stem Georgian Sweetmeat c 1765

A Rare Opalescent Stem Georgian Sweetmeat c 1765


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800: Item # 1400461

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A rare and beautiful sweetmeat with a double ogee bowl with an everted rim. The bowl is atop a set of 3 merises, below which is an opalescent stem with a double series opaque twist (dsot) composed of a 17 ply spiral band around a lace twist. At the bottom of the stem is a nicely domed and folded foot.

The glass is in overall excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or restoration. There is a tiny 1/16" inclusion in the side of the bowl, not at all uncommon and truly of no importance. Excellent color, striations, and tooling marks The height of this nice example is 6 1/2", with a bowl diameter of 3 1/2" and a foot diameter of 3 1/8".

NOTE: The opalescent color is produced by intentionally cooling the glass slowly, and in some cases repeating this. This causes some crystallization inside the glass, resulting in the desired opalescence. This process was rarely done for English glasses in this period, and is a lovely and much appreciated effect.