Summary : From Palace To Parlour, The Glass Circle

Book Title : From Palace To Parlour, A Celebration of 19th-Century British Glass
Author : Martine S. Newby
© The Glass Circle
Published By : Balding + Mansell Ltd
Date of Publication : 2003
ISBN : 0 953070 30 3
Pages : 120


From Palace To Parlour is heavily illustrated catalogue of 19th-century British glass, from an exhibition presented by The Glass Circle at The Wallace Collection, London between 21st August and 26th October 2003.

Initially, there is a four-and-a-half page introduction by Simon Cottle. This gives a brief overview of the rapidly changing glass-making industry during the 1800’s. Following the introduction are descriptions of 234 exhibits with high quality colour photographic images.

Whilst the book does not identify seperate categories for the glass, the glass is presented in quite an ordered way. Included in the catalogue are cut and etched crested glass, commemorative wares, enamelled glass, coloured cut glass, overlaid vases with gilt decoration, opal glass, metal-mounted glass, figurines, engraved glass, ruby, press-moulded glass, lamp-work, malachite and vitro-porcelain.

The exhibited items are from various locations around Britain, however this summary lists only the items associated with North-East English manufacturers. The catalogue concludes with acknowledgements, photo credits, glossary, bibliography, a Glass Circle Journal list and advertisements.

North-East Glass Exhibits

Gateshead
George Davidson & Co., Teams Glass Works

Item NumberObject DescriptionCirca
136pressed flint glass biscuit barrel1880s
172pressed glass primrose pearline salad bowl (registered design 176566)1892
173*pressed glass primrose pearline shallow dish set on metal tripod1890s
Geo. Davidson & Co. objects from “From Palace to Parlour”
* indicates unmarked piece which is attributed to manufacturer

Sowerby & Co., Ellison Glass Works

Item NumberObject DescriptionCirca
64pressed glass Gladstone bag in purple malachite (pattern 1240)1877
72pressed glass Golden Jubilee blue shallow bowl (pattern 1436)1887
73pressed glass Golden Jubilee green shallow bowl (pattern 1436)1887
75pressed clear glass Diamond Jubilee shallow bowl with gilded portrait1897
78pressed clear glass Robert Burns octagonal bowl1887
147pressed glass purple malachite cup and saucer (pattern 1400)1878
153pressed glass turquoise candlestick, ♢ registration for 20th November 18781878
156pressed glass aesthetic green three swans vase (pattern 1436)1879
157pressed glass marble vase (pattern 1081)1882
164pressed glass white and enamel creamer and sugar (pattern 1445)1879
169pressed glass opalescent footed bowl (registered design 99715)1888
171pressed glass giallo yellow bowl (pattern 1407)1880s
193pressed “patent queens ivory ware” parrot vase (pattern 1217)1882
194pressed flint glass Old King Cole posy, with gilded decoration (pattern 1232)1882
195pressed malachite glass “picking apples” posy (pattern 1259)1882
197pressed “patent queens ivory ware” Pippin Hill vase (pattern 1300)1880
198pressed white glass “dance-a-baby” posy (pattern 1294)1294
Sowerby & Co. objects included in “From Palace to Parlour”

Newcastle-upon-Tyne
W.H.Heppell, Newcastle Flint Glass Works

Item NumberObject DescriptionCirca
58pressed clear glass coal wagon, ♢ registration for 19th June 18801880
165pressed glass white dolphin jugs (three sizes) and butter1882
W.H.Heppell objects included in “From Palace to Parlour”

Sunderland
Angus & Greener, Wear Flint Glass Works

Item NumberObject DescriptionCirca
132pressed clear glass oval dish, ♢ registration for 21st December 18581858
Greener & Co. objects from “From Palace to Parlour”

Henry Greener, Wear Flint Glass Works

Item NumberObject DescriptionCirca
63pressed white glass Earl Beaconsfield sugar and cream, ♢ registration for 31st August 18781878
65pressed clear glass George Peabody cup and saucer, ♢ registration for 31st July 18691869
67pressed clear glass Gladstone plate, ♢ registration for 31st July 18691869
83pressed clear glass Richard Wallace comport, ♢ registration for 31st May 19691872
196*pressed amber glass alphabet plate
Henry Greener objects from “From Palace to Parlour”
* indicates unmarked piece which is attributed to manufacturer

Greener & Co., Wear Flint Glass Works

Item NumberObject DescriptionCirca
74pressed clear glass Golden Jubilee plate1887
76pressed flint Silver Wedding plate (registered design 91449)1888
Greener & Co. objects from “From Palace to Parlour”

Unattributed

ItemPlate NumberObject DescriptionCirca
14*Finger bowl from the Londonderry Service, Sunderland1824
57Engraved pit disaster glasses1860, 1862, 1888, 1894
59Sunderland Bridge rummer1814
107Sunderland Bridge rolling pin1850-1875
226blue glass rolling pin with vignettes, including Sunderland Bridge1850-1900
unattributed objects from “From Palace to Parlour”
*A newspaper report from 1824 indicates the Londonderry Suite was made by the Wear Flint Glass Company, Sunderland.


Cover of From Palace To Parlour, by Martine S. Newby

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