RARE RED, GREEN AND WHITE DOUBLE SERIES OPAQUE TWIST WINE
Probably Low Countries, c1760-70
The bell shaped bowl over a tapering stem with red and green enamel threads encasing an opaque white gauze, raised on a conical foot with snapped pontil; soda glass with slight greenish tinge
Condition : Excellent, with only a very small chip polished from footrim
Note : Enamel twists were made by inserting colored rods into the mold and manipulating as the glass was heated and cooled. This process was introduced about 1760; but England imposed excise tax on the enamels in 1777, making their production too costly. Their popularity did continue longer in the Low Countries. While English lead glass cooled quite slowly, enabling more intricate designs, the soda glass used in the Low Countries cooled quite quickly, making designs such as this very difficult. It may be noted that colored enamels were used in only 3% of 18th century glasses.
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