An English air twist goblet with a Chinoiserie scene in the wheel engraving technique.
English lead glass with English wheel engraving, 1750-1770
Height: 18.3 cm
The stem of the goblet is decorated with an air twist.
Around the bowl a continuous wheel engraving of a landscape with water, a bridge, a pagoda and a flying bird with a magnificent tail. The bird is attached to a loose hanging wire. A Chinese man is walking hand in hand with a child that points to a person in a hut. The hut is adorned with Chinese ornaments.
Chinoiserie goblets are rare. They were especially popular in England in the second half of the eighteenth century. (See for example: Christopher L. Maxwell, In Sparkling Company, Reflections on Glass in the 18th –Century British World, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York 2021, figure 10, L.M. Bickerton, Eighteenth century English drinking Glasses (…), Suffolk 2000, figures 1,019-1,022).