EDINBURGH, UK – A group of 20 Jacobite drinking glasses from the 18th century featured in the sale of Scottish Works of Art and Whisky held by Lyon & Turnbull on August 16. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated through LiveAuctioneers.
Most were single glasses and the majority were engraved with the typical Jacobite motifs of a rose and buds, although some had more specific engraved details linking them to the supporters of the exiled ‘king’ James Francis Edward Stuart (the Old Pretender) and his son Charles Edward Stuart.
Virtually all sold at a variety of four-figure prices.
Topping the bill was a set of six 18th-century glasses, 6in (15cm) high, with bell-shaped bowls set on air-twist stems engraved with a rose head flanked by buds and foliage. The white rose symbolized the exiled James with one bud symbolizing the ‘Bonnie Prince’ Charles and the other his brother Henry.
Sets of Jacobite glasses are rare survivals. A spokesperson for the auction house stated: “It is tantalizing to consider that these glasses must have sat on a Jacobite table, belonging to a supporter who was very confident in his position and status, and who had a close group of companions he could share his views with.
“As such a statement of wealth, taste and prominence within the Jacobite community, it can be assumed they were owned by an important high-ranking Jacobite.”
Lyon & Turnbull sold a comparable set in May 2018 for £6,500 (roughly $8,200). The set offered in August, which had an estimate of £3,000-£5,000, realized £7,500, or £9,450 including buyer’s premium ($9,500, or about $11,900 including buyer’s premium).
The most expensive individual glass in the group at £6,500 (or £8,190, which in turn translates to about $8,200 and $10,300, respectively) was a 6in (15cm) high 18th-century opaque twist stem glass with a bucket bowl that was engraved with a thistle and leaves plus the Jacobite motto Success to the Society as well as the family motto Gang Warily. A second glass of the same size and shape with the same Success to the Society motto but dated to the mid-18th century and with engravings of a rose head and two buds as well as a thistle realized £4,000 (or £5,040, which becomes about $5,000 and $6,300, respectively).
There was one Jacobite portrait glass on offer, a 6¾in air-twist stemmed example engraved to the trumpet bowl with a profile of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (The Young Pretender) within a laurel leaf cartouche. This was dated to the late 18th century (earlier Jacobite glasses tend to be from the middle of the century and the time of the 1745 rebellion) and sold for £2,200 (£2,770, which in turn becomes about $2,700 and $3,400, respectively).
Article courtesy of Antiques Trade Gazette.